Back in the day, a t-shirt was an item of function and was worn beneath a shirt to absorb perspiration. Then, after World War II, veterans started wearing them with their uniform trousers as casual attire because, well, fuck it, they’d fought a war and were some real-man Don Draper archetypes, so who are you to judge if they rocked short sleeves? Fast forward to 1951 and Marlon Brando wore a t-shirt on screen like he was doing it a favour in the film A Streetcar Named Desire. And then, like Will Smith said (when he was still cool) “tick, tick, boom!” - a fashion staple was born. Nowadays we have an assortment of tees: crew, jersey, v, deep-v, tight, ironic, faded, faux-faded. But, my favourite t-shirt at the moment is the loose-fit tee. You know, the oversized kind you throw carelessly on the floor and wake up to find your girlfriend wearing as she stands in front you with a knowing smile in the morning light, all funky and warm with her hair a little knotty and tousled like she’s been at the beach. Yeah, those t-shirts are cool. Canberra designer Luke Chiswell makes those kind of t-shirts. And he has four new limited edition designs that will be on sale this Friday, 24 May at Hippo Bar. So, come for a drink, leave with a t-shirt.
What: Luke Chiswell Launching Four New T-shirts
Where: Hippo Bar, Garema Place, Canberra
Drinks are free, tees cost one pineapple.
Australian artist Luke Chiswell has a solo exhibition at Bondi Pavilion Gallery in Bondi, Sydney from 13 to 18 March 2012. You can go and sink a few and have a chat with the man himself at the official launch on 14 March from 6.00pm to 8.00pm. Luke Chiswell’s practice explores print media, drawing, painting, sculpture and installation to create a strong illustrative aesthetic style. If you’re a regular to Record | Preserve | Share you’ll recognise some of Luke’s art from here or here . Nice!
Here’s one for the Canberra locals: from Thursday 10 – Sunday 20 March You Are Here, a new pilot multi-site arts and cultural program, will enliven the Canberra CBD for Canberra’s 98th birthday, in the lead up to the Centenary of Canberra in 2013. A few peeps featured on Record | Preserve |Share over the years are showcasing their work, including Stella-Rae Zelnik and Luke Chiswell. Over 10 days, vacant shopfronts and created venues throughout Canberra’s CBD will be home to a diverse program, in a showcase of energy, innovation and talent. So, scope the program of events and get involved.
This week my mate, Canberra artist/designer, Luke Chiswell celebrated his debut local exhibition, Luuk by Luke, at the Canberra Contemporary Art Space. See pics from the exhibition below. True to previous form, the launch party was killer. I really dig Luke’s stuff, it’s playful and fun with a Jim Houser-esque vibe. Keep your eyes on this bloke.
I’m always stoked to paste up some news from my hometown of Canberra. Local t-shirt label, Luuk, was launched in April of this year by my mate Luke Chiswell. Last Friday (3 October) Luke dropped his second collection of tees and celebrated with a party at local retailer iTrip iSkip. The new collection includes designs which have all been lovingly hand screen printed.
Watch the vid from the launch:
The longer fit tees are custom made from an original pattern and come in the unique RGB colour size system: Red (small), Green (medium) and Blue (large). Scope the Luuk website for details.