08 November 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Achieve Your Dreams and more new this week

Achieve Your Dreams by Steven Rhodes (blue sparrow) is my favorite Threadless design this week. I love the way it interprets a common phrase in the most literal way possible, giving it an opposite meaning to what is traditionally intended. It’s the sort of juxtaposition that ends up being surprisingly thought provoking- after all, why do we mean grandiose accomplishment when we speak of dreams instead of the kind of everyday choice that can make your life measurably better, like getting a good night’s sleep? Of course, this is also a very funny scenario, especially in the way the thought bubble’s slumber seems deeper and more restful, so it should appeal to a large audience.

Simple Leaves by Ronan Lyman (RonanL) has the feel of a nature study, with leaves of all different typed carefully arranged and recorded down to each vein and bend of the stem. The dashed pattern of the background marks it as an illustrator’s investigation rather than a scientific one, something aimed at a certain playfulness rather than strict accuracy. The golds and reds of the color palette make it a perfect fit for autumn. There’s a lot to like, but one choice keeps me from being fully on board- the rectangular dimensions of the art. The way the dashed lines of the background mark out a solid rectangle keeps the design from feeling truly organic, and I don’t think there’s enough height to the shape to keep it from filling the shirt awkwardly, with a ton of empty space below the art that looks accidental rather than purposeful. It leaves me wishing that the art repeated to form an all-over pattern, because the illustration is great, there’s just not enough of it!

Small Fortune by Cody Weiler (csweiler) definitely uses white space to its advantage, choosing to display its art as a small, circular pocket print. I love this choice because it mirrors the experience of an actual fortune cookie where you have to expend some effort to get to the fortune inside. Here, instead of breaking open a cookie, you have to lean in to read the small print- and much like many real fortune cookies, the message of the future it’s delivering is not really what you hoped for. I like how instead of vague and lukewarm, as real fortunes often are, this one is outright hostile. Capping off the message with a little frowny face just makes the whole scenario even funnier.

Squirming Smiles by Mat Voyce (MatVoyce) is the kind of all-over print I love to see, bright and abstract. It reminds me of Keith Haring in its frenetic, joyful motion, with lines that almost seem to be dancing. I like that, although the lines are very bold and simple, there’s still an element of detail to the piece- each line has brush strokes visible at either end. It’s a nice touch that makes the art feel a bit more handcrafted.

The Procrastinator by Grant Shepley (Gamma-Ray) turns The Thinker on its head, transforming the famous statue from a deep thinker into a shallow one, concerned with the number of likes on his social media account. The clash is highlighted by a switch in style, from a rough, black and white, craggy treatment of the statue to the clean, color notification on the phone. The only element I’m not fully convinced about is the drip motif, which trickles down from various areas of dark shadows. To me, it confuses the piece a bit because it breaks the illusion of the realistic statue, and doesn’t add enough visually to be worth that break in style.

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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