David Saunders and his label DavidDavid will be taking part in this year’s Fair. The British-based designer is recognised for his splashed tees with his well-known moniker of broad colourful brushstrokes. David started his career assisting the likes of Tracey Emin. He’s also in the current design exhibition at the V&A. Despoke Caught up with David Saunders just as he was getting ready for The Vauxhall Art Car Boot fair
to ask a few questions about being an artist;
1.If you weren’t an artist, what else would you be?
Well as we are in the realms of fantasy i would be a lion tamer and
circus acrobat who travelled the world and the seven seas.
2. Can you tell us more about your work and what are the main ideas
you would like to express?
David David is about Print. many products can be a vehicle for my
print whether its fashion, interiors, its about enjoying pattern, im
not sure what im trying to express, i just put things out there that i
enjoy making and hope other people appreciate it, its worked so far.
3. How do you start the process of making work?
Mostly my work comes from doddles ive done, i put a few lines down on
paper, i spot a symmetry and a pattern is formed. It just pops out of
thin air most of the time, occasionally i see a structure i like, I
break it down completely moving things about and come up with
4. Do you consider the viewer, when making your work?
Not in the beginnings of the process, I just think about making
patterns. Its only when i start to get to the point were i have a body
of prints for a particular collection. project or product that i then
tweak the designs for the audience im targeting. I guess i make a
print, its a an artistic process, it envolves the same development as
my art work, but then i recontextualise it for a product.
5. Name 3 artists that have inspired your work?
Warhol, kieth haring, that bag of people and the memphis movement.
6. What was the most intelligent thing that someone said or wrote
about your work?
Kay Baron, then writer for Vogue called me ‘The Prints Charming of
Fashion’ I always thought that was clever, but i know that doesnt
answer your question.
7. And the dumbest?
Its not dumb but it lacked perception. A Vogue.com editor said to me
after my second collection ‘You need to change your prints’ meaning i
needed to move on from Geometrics. Well thats what i do! its my thing.
I dont believe in changing to conform i believe in persuing something
you are passionate about, I dont follow trends, i strive to be a trend
setter. I was wholeheartedly disappointed by the journalists comment.
8. Which artists would you most like to rip off, sorry, I mean
appropriate as a critique of originality and authorship?
I always liked the idea of ripping off the high street, get my own
back on them. Bring it back full circle. I think it a shame that the
high street rips off young designers. After the ‘Hight street’ a young
designers catwalk show, they can reproduce that designers work and get
it in their store before the designers collection reaches the market,
the high streets turn around from design to the rail can take as
little as two weeks.
9 Do you care what your art costs? State your reasons!
Of course i do, i want it to make me rich or should i say comfortable.
10 What’s you favourite art work that you have made ?
Im working on a number of pieces at the moment that are partially
printed and then hand drawn, Im excited about those, and then the
chair that sits currently in the V&As show ‘British Design 1948-2012
11 If you could ask yourself one question what would it be ? and what
would be the answer ?
What do you most hope for in life? To live without fear, no matter how
big or how small. To meet a woman i can collaborate with in life and
12 What show/projects do you have coming up ?
Ive currently got a shop and gallery 3 Earlham Street London, and
thats where my focus is. Im curating shows and constantly making new
products for the shop, its fun being able to make something and then
put it straight on the shelf and watch your customers enjoy being
confronted by the object.
David Saunders will be at Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair Today Sunday 27th May 2012
David David Glass Hill Chair in white beech by Glass Hill, originally made in Southern Yellow Pine on commission from Phillips De Pury & Co for their retail space in Saatchi Gallery. 450mm front seat height pitched at 3 degrees to rear. Back rest opens at 102.5 degrees from seat plane rising to 760mm above floor height. Overall depth of seat area from back rest plane is 360mm. This edition features a pencil crayon design, individually hand-drawn by David David.