PROGRAM Artist Edition
ARKET Artist Edition invites selected creators to contribute directly to ARKET’s collections. The program offers a new space for illustrators to explore their respective themes, and has been initiated to create a diversity of aesthetic expressions in children’s wear. The featured artists and works all share a common sense of playfulness and free imagination, and provide vivid, fantastic worlds that inspire new perspectives.
Artist edition Marion Deuchars
The works of Scottish artist Marion Deuchars (b. 1964) are defined by imaginative combinations of simple shapes and motifs with a tactile quality. Her designs for ARKET’s children’s collection are based on her book ‘Let’s Make Some Great Fingerprint Art’, an interactive activity book that invites children and adults to create a gallery of surprising creatures by using only ink and their own hands.
Artist edition Takashi Tsushima
The works of Japanese illustrator Takashi Tsushima (b. 1969) are defined by geometric shapes and a soft semi-transparent quality, reminiscent of watercolour painting. His artworks and prints are created for books, textile designs and pottery, as well as being exhibited in their own right. His illustrations for ARKET’s children’s collection depict a group of familiar temperate-forest animals, all captured with a characteristic whimsy.
artist edition Amélie Fontaine
French artist Amélie Fontaine (b. 1987) lives and works in Paris. Her illustrations have a distinct graphic style; a simple palette of minimal colours, drawn by hand with pen and paper. Inspired by a dreamy, imagined natural history, she creates a strange universe where animal and human relationships are documented in wordless stories. Amélie’s works include drawings for children’s books and newspapers, as well handmade self-published albums. Her designs for ARKET ́s children’s collection are interpretations of migratory birds, leaving Europe in the autumn for warmer wintering grounds.