The Dreamers #88 - With Luke Player - Artist, Illustrator & Graphic Designer - backup
Luke Player is the talented artist and illustrator behind our new Park Hangs range.
Working on the South Coast of NSW, Luke is a collector and obsessive of old design, notably souvenir merchandise and psychedelia prints. He takes us inside his delightfully electic mid century abode backing onto the bush in Stanwell Park.
WELCOME TO THE DREAMERS.
I just get up every day and start, put on some music and a stovetop coffee, check my to-do list and go for it!
I’m surrounded by nature outside the studio, and I’ve surrounded myself with funny little things, books, tea towels, etc, inside the studio, so I don’t have to look far for inspiration.
I find importance in resting, so if I feel I need some calm time, I’ll drive into the national park and go for a bush walk, take some photos, think about projects and soak in the beauty. Other times, I’ll meet a friend for coffee or take my dog Peach for a walk. The glorious part about working from home is these small pleasures. Although I love my work, by the time I’m out, I’m usually excited to get back in the studio, hah!
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I just find souvenirs so fun, silly, beautiful and inspiring. Australia definitely has a unique history of souvenirs and ephemera. It’s got a home-grown brand of kitsch that’s so charming and artistic, and you can usually find stuff in most op-shops, so I’ve just unintentionally amassed a bit of a collection.
I guess a lot of souvenirs and merchandise weren’t made with longevity in mind, so they’re often imperfect, which I think is part of their beauty. It’s definitely become a big part of my work. These little things can be dismissed as being a little tacky, but I find lots of value in their quirks. Funnily enough, it’s pretty rare to find any souvenirs of this area we live in, the Illawarra and beyond, so I try to imagine what that might look like with my own creations.
Do you have any advice for people who want to pursue their passions?
All I can say is it doesn’t hurt to try. There are always phases where you don’t have the time or energy, but if you love it and keep coming back to your inspiration, it will grow, and people will see what you’re trying to do.
Have you got a favourite project you have been working on?
I’ve had some amazing opportunities lately to work with some people and brands I really respect, but a lot of them I can’t share just yet!
One I can hint at is doing illustrations with a council for tourist drives. I take a lot of inspiration from tourist merch, maps and travel ephemera, so it’s very gratifying to be coming full circle!
Do you have a sneak peek of any exciting things you have planned this year?
I’m trying to do much more screen-printing. I hope to put together an exhibition of screen-printed posters of my work sometime soon, if not this year, then early next year.
I’m excited to share some of the projects I’ve been working on, of which I’m pretty chuffed, and I’ve got many more souvenir ideas to put out into the world! Apart from that, I’m hoping to take a much-awaited break to rest and swim and maybe travel down the coast as the weather warms up. I’m not sure I’ve had a holiday in about a year or so! I wouldn’t change a thing, though.
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