An “art” to “art” with illustrator David Sparshott
Author: Nicholas Yiannitsaros
T.M.Lewin is proud to announce a collaboration with British illustrator David Sparshott on a bespoke new range of pocket squares. The artist, who is based in Suffolk, works primarily in graphite and colouring pencils for a particularly naturalistic and approachable touch to his detailed line-work drawings.
Read on as he speaks to our editorial team about his design process, styling recommendations and hopes for the future.
How did you feel when you were approached by T.M.Lewin to collaborate on this collection?
“Any new project is always met with a degree of trepidation and excitement and this was no different. I was really enthused by the heritage of the brand and the amount of source material available to work with.
There was a cache of tie designs and style guides that I was able to look at that really helped to inform much of the content of the illustrations. Alongside this I was able to work with a great deal of current garment pattern cutting guides and imagery showing the manufacturing process.”
In your designs, such as ‘Illustration Pattern Pieces’ (above) you use a bold colour palette, while ‘Dress Making’ is more monochrome, how does colour play a part in your illustrations?
“I think that it was really important to find a balance across the range. Colour can be used in a very sparing and suggestive way in contrast to bolder elements where the colour is dominant.
Another consideration was how the pocket squares would show the line and colour when folded and worn in a pocket as intended. This was really important in informing the compositions and use of colour so that there would always be an element of intrigue no matter how the squares were worn, whether folded, bunched or unfolded.”
How would you recommend that your pocket squares are worn? Would you go for a suit or a more casual look?
“For me, definitely with a suit. I think that they will create a really nice visual break when worn in a top pocket and hopefully are a great conversation starter.”
Why do you feel it’s important for artworks such as yours to have a place within fashion?
“I think that it creates a really vibrant dynamic where there is constant influencing and an exchange of ideas that help to push creativity across the design industry.”
Which other T.M.Lewin pieces would you like the opportunity to design?
“Some boxer shorts!”