Westfield: Where do you get the inspiration for your designs?
M/M: We just really love colour and clashing patterns. We grew up in a 70s era home with patterns on the walls and carpets in every room so maybe subconsciously our love of pattern stemmed from there!
Westfield: You use a few different types of mediums in your work – paints, embroidery etc, and often even mix them in unconventional ways, what do you like about each?
M/M: We really love the layering possibilities with using paint and thread. We describe our embroidery style as painting with thread because we do often layer stitches as you would paint and then we also try to mimic paint effects with our stitching. It’s that building up of texture that we love.
Westfield: Describe your style from both a fashion and art point of view?
M/M: With fashion and art, I gravitate towards texture and pattern and art experiences that are very visual and immersive. My dream wardrobe would be full of clashing patterns and bright colour. I appreciate texture in the fabric and tailoring which is probably the craftsman in me. With art it’s the same I love anything that has unexpected colour and graphic, something beautifully created or with a sense of humour to it.
Westfield: What do you think is a mistake that some artists make (in their output or their businesses)? What do you think is key to keeping your ideas and works relevant across so many projects?
M/M: That’s a hard question, we started out at university when digital was all the rage and analogue was daggy. We stuck with what we enjoyed though and continued to hand generate a lot of our designs and graphics which led us to where we are now. I think staying true to what you are and carving a niche for yourself, is more important than chasing perceived trends.
Westfield: Your work often contains phrases; is there a quote you live by?
M/M: We can be worrywarts. My favourite quote isn’t one that we’ve illustrated but one I found on a Lazy Oafs t-shirt. It says ‘Don’t Happy Be Worry’ and I just love the absurdity of the phrase. I’ve always found the original quote to be a little meh, it’s easier said than done! Just by switching the two words around it pokes fun at itself and reminds me not to take myself or things too seriously.