LEILANNI X CLAY HICKSON
l immediately fell in love with Clay Hickson's colorful world. Its incredible Memphis-style dwellings, bongs, boobs, fruits, and palms instantly transported me to dreamy California at the height of the 80s. Clay's work possesses a vibrant energy and authenticity that is contagious. Making Clay a perfect fit for the Yes! project. He was open to all my crazy ideas – some that never made it (the computer one haha). Yet all of them are still so amazing and worthy of a suit design. However, it was the Boobie Palm Print that stole my heart : )
LEILANNI X CLAY HICKSON PALM PRINT SUITS
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PHOTOGRAPHY: RILEY STEWART / PROPS: CAITLIN DOHERTY/ STYLING: DIEGO ARMAND / HAIR & MAKEUP: KRISTJAN HAYDEN
Tan & Loose:
Clay is a freelance illustrator who works and lives in Chicago, IL. Aside from doing illustration work, he runs an independent publishing label called Tan & Loose Press (which is an awesome name btw). The press specializes in limited edition artists books and prints. All printing is done on a Risograph RP 3700.
I wanted to know a little more about this magical illustrator Clay Hickson, so I asked him a few questions:
1. Tell me how you got started?
I started drawing in high school and then studied printmaking at the Art Institute of Chicago.
2. Were you a good student in school?
I wasn't the best student but I really took advantage of my time in school and spent a lot of time in the studio.
3. What movies did you love as a kid growing up?
Wayne's World, Pee Wee's Big Adventure, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Beetlejuice
4. What has been the biggest surprise about doing the work that you do?
I'm just generally surprised to be doing this kind of work. I never planned on being an illustrator.
5. I know it seems pretty obvious, but why boobs?
Mostly for the obvious reasons, but they've also kind of become a symbol for the tone that I want the work to have. Generally light-hearted and funny.
6. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve gotten?
"Keep your pencil on that paper and never look back" -Courtney Reagor
7. What is the biggest risk you’ve taken?
Buying my Riso printer. It's the biggest investment I've ever made and so far, I have no regrets.
8. What advice would your 90-year-old self give you or your younger self?
Get out more.
9. What was it about this project that made you want to collaborate?
How could anyone turn down the opportunity to design a swimsuit?!??!
10. When you hear or see the word Yes! What comes to mind?
A healthy attitude.
11. Are there any tips you can give our young readers who are looking to get their start in this type of work?
I want to thank you Clay from the bottom of my heart for taking part in this project. You have such an awesome attitude and are immensely creative and talented I know you will be a continued inspiration.
You can find Clay Hickson's work here: