A little More of the Story:
Part 1: Who and Why?
From the age of 4, I was immersed into different cultures. Leaving the UK to live in Seoul Korea for four years, the first signs of a never-ending fascination with mascot characters, and lettering design on snack packaging started to appear...
Then came 8 years living in Hong Kong, where this fascination only grew stronger. There was just a beauty in the shapes and bold outlines of the Korean, Japanese and Chinese characters on my favourite snacks. "Too much daydreaming" every school report card reported.
The next country move was to Dubai for another 8 years. This gave an additional brand new perspective, and another world of fascinating packaging design to admire.
After fiendishly travelling in the many years that followed... all these childhood influences, still swirling around, started to merge with a love of natural settings... and eventually developed into the form of La Shuks!
The name La Shuks is derived from "Inukshuks", the stone landmarks used for centuries in the Arctic region of North America, to denote points of reference for navigation in the wilderness... the knowledge that someone has been here before. (As such, there's an Inukshuk hidden in each piece.)
Part 2: Where and What?
When EXACTLY do the scenes within La Shuks artworks take place? (I hear you wonder.)
Well, I thought it best to answer this by means of a simple timeline of bite-sized diagrams:
1: Present Day: Billions of people inhabiting the earth, all busily selling their brands, creating logos and adverts to get noticed.
2: Fast Forward to the distant future: the earth is now overflowing with even more branding, logos and advertising. More people, more advertising, more more more!
3: Fast Forward to thousands of years further on from the distant future... and human beings no longer inhabit the earth... but all of their imagery, branding, buzzwords and logos remain.
4: Fast Forward again, to a million years on from thousands of years after the distant future..... (is everyone still following this?) and something unbelievable has happened; All the creations leftover from ancient human times, have long since lost their original meaning, gradually become engrained in the natural elements... and eventually begun to evolve, fuse together, mutate and even grow consciousness themseves...
This is when La Shuks was born!