At fenton & fenton we love a collaboration, especially when it involves one of the talented and colourful artists we represent.
This winter, two clever Australian creatives, Lisa Gorman and Melbourne based artist Megan Grant, come together to launch a striking collection of apparel, accessories and homewares, all available via Gorman. Each featured print is based on an original artwork by Megan, and highlights the connection between shape and colour.
We are loving the vibrancy of the bright botanicals, leafy green palette and warm winter hues represented across the six different print stories.
We first discovered Megan Grant in 2016 and it’s been a love affair ever since. Megan works intuitively with colour, pattern and composition and is fast becoming a firm favourite with colour and art lovers alike.
Here, we chat to Megan about the collaboration, the process and what’s on her horizon.
How did the Megan Grant X Gorman come about?
Lisa Gorman contacted me directly and asked me if I would like to be involved. She let me know all about how the process works, I was very excited and it didn’t take me long to say yes!
How did Gorman select the artwork to feature in the designs?
Lisa maintains a huge input into the creative look of a collection but was also really receptive to my thoughts about the interpretations of my work. We discussed many of my artworks and she and her creative team suggested the designs that they felt would work well on the garments. It was really interesting for me to see the artworks that I thought were quite different (bright botanicals and soft abstracts) come together to form a cohesive collection.
How long did it take from the first discussion to launch?
I was contacted midway through 2017, so it’s a lengthy process. It’s been great to gain insight into to how a collection comes together from the first conception through to a launch.
What’s your favourite piece from the collection?
My favourite pieces are the beautiful silk skirt and dress from the Slate Quarry print. The artwork was special to me as it was named after a place in a Victorian State Forrest where I spend much of my childhood exploring. It was lovely to see this colourful abstract artwork juxtaposed against the vast black of the garments….as this is true to the way I conceived the artwork and true to the vast black slate walls of the quarry.
How did you break into the world of art?
I have always made art in one way or another. But it was being welcomed into Fenton & Fenton’s stable of artists that allowed me to show my work to a wider audience. Being in the company of some fantastic Australian artists and enjoying the support of Fenton & Fenton has afforded me lots of great opportunities and connections.
Is this your first collaboration or have you done others?
I have been involved in lots of small creative collaborations, but my first collab in the world of fashion was late last year for Frankie4Footwear - working on a range of limited edition tropical inspired footwear. The Gorman collaboration developed soon after, so it’s been great to have worked with two very different creative Australian brands.
What’s something that you haven’t done yet that you’d like to?
There are so many things I would love to do! My mind is constantly spinning with new ideas but putting them all into practice is another story. I’m interested in fashion and textiles myself and would love to work on some (very) slow fashion-as-art incorporating hand-painted fabrics. I’d love to illustrate my own children’s books. But first on the agenda is probably getting stuck into some serious studio time working on more large-scale paintings.
Is there a standout moment in your art career that has really propelled you to keep doing what you love?
I don’t think I could say there has been one standout moment as I have never wanted to do anything else. But each time a painting is sold or positive feedback is received from clients, peers or mentors, it’s hugely affirming. There was definitely a time when I decided to give myself permission to fully invest my time and resources into my art practice, with the belief that I can make it a career. This was a bit of a leap of faith and I'm still navigating my direction in the art world, but it’s hugely satisfying to be doing what I love.
Any other collaborations on the horizon that you can share? Not yet!
But you never know what’s around the corner.
From the green jungle headband to the wild flowers jeans, we’ve got our eye on a few fun pieces to add a bit of colour to our Melbourne wardrobes!
We’re also excited to announce that our next group show features a new collection of Megan’s works.
Shop the Gorman + Megan Grant collaboration here