I was asked to design a T'Shirt for Faction athlete Alexi Micinski. We exchanged emails about the idea and from our chats I learnt that she was (obviously) very into the mountains and the fun you could have on them, from winter through summer.
I created a drawing with clouds, mountains, the beginning of a rising sun, waves and water. I wanted to run with the energy of those elements and include themes from the Ambit ski.
The Ambit ski has a bird theme running through it and a Japanese narration behind the artwork. So, what has evolved is an illustration that’s inspired by style of Japanese art called “Jiyuka” It’s most basic interpretation is freestyle creativity!
Jiyuka literally means “free flower” and is a form of ikebana. The spiritual aspect of ikebana is very important to its practitioners. It’s about appreciating things in nature that people often overlook because of their busy lives.
The thing I really liked about this project was that it was a little like I was trying to create a portrait of Alexi, by expressing her interests and passion for the mountains. I hope it does her justice and brings her luck with her skiing.
Proceeds from the sale of the t-shirts go directly to support Alexi’s recovery, travel and training.