Marc Rose: DWO. The Coincidence Collection
We are happy to say that we have collaborated with the amazing Marc Rose. Born in Gibraltar in 1974. Studied Spatial Design at Isle College, Wisbech, before graduating in 1999 from De Montfort University, Leicester, with a Degree in Three Dimensional Design.
"On moving to London in 2006, I immersed myself in the city's art scene, living and neighbouring with many artists. I began to collect small disposable items, grouping and packing them away on a daily basis. The act started a subliminal process of creativity and offered a sense of control during a prolonged period of procrastination. My work now utilises these items and similar component-like aspects, forming an integral part of the way I create as an artist".
'The Coincidence Collection'
"When VVVintage asked if I'd create a collection of bags for them, I excepted immediately. As an artist the challenge of working in new territory combined with my love of the reused and the collected, seemed too good an opportunity to miss." The use of second hand buttons in the collection holds great significance; it represents the myriad interactions and chances that create metaphorical pattern in our lives. Each button holds the history of its owner, or the memory of its former use. Buttons are lost and buttons are found, they have traceable movements throughout their lives, just as we do, enduring a journey of surprising curiosity. The buttons represent our selves and the way in which we are drawn together by attraction, chance and a vast sequence of seemingly unconnected but vitally paramount events. The original bag that gave birth to the collection started life as a jacket that I had found in a skip whilst exploring my new neighbourhood of Hackney, East London. The jacket was to small for me to wear, but being of such good quality, I wanted to utilise it some how, and pay it the admired attention it duly deserved. After folding the jacket and holding it up to my body, it seemed obvious that a bag was crying out to be made, the arms of the jacket reaching around my neck forming a strap. I needed to pin together certain parts to form the shape and reinforced strength of the bag, and concluded that some large buttons would be perfect for this.
The next day, through an extraordinary twist of fate I found a jar of the most amazing buttons poking out of a rubbish bag at the side of my house. The unbelievable coincidence finalised the materials needed for the project and highlighted the effect the incidental can have on a given situation".
Check out his collection in STORE