01 February 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: If Not Now and more new this week

If Not Now by Katie Lukes (k_lukes) is my favorite Threadless print this week. I’m impressed with how smart the presentation is, using stacked letters to make some word fragments read twice. The innovative look reflects the attitude of change personified by the slogan, making it even more impactful. The letterforms are spiced up with a bit of texture, pairs of thin lines that cut through the solidness to add interest. I like the way it leaves the art feeling almost painted, like bristles left their mark on the fabric.

Lonely Tree by bulo (bulo) won Threadless’s Winter challenge, and it definitely conveys a strong feeling of the peaceful solitude of that season. By creating a limited area of bright blue watercolor sky, the artist allows the entire rest of the shirt’s white fabric to read as snow. Only a few spindly black forms cut through this landscape, a a bare pair of trees and a lonely stag (whose thin antlers and tapered legs almost fade in the blue). The closest tree is a major focal point, and the understated chaos of its short, broken branches make it interesting to look at, almost seeming to possess a kind of rugged, contrary personality. White specks cut through its form, letting us know that even as we look at this scene, the snow is still falling. This is a well-made piece, and one that communicates the sense of winter very well.

Threadless prints new shirts every week, chosen from the designs submitted by and voted on by site members. Most winners earn $1 minimum per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

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