Cardigan Threads by Jeff McCann
Jeff McCann is an artist, educator, artistic director and a story-teller, working between the visual and performing arts. Influenced heavily by avant-garde fashion, surface design and tapestries, he takes what is considered rubbish and transforms it into theatrical fashion, accessories, functional products, art and sculpture.
Jeff is inspired by ceremony, rituals, colour and play, and aims to bring back a childlike sense of wonder to the viewer. He works with musicians, fashion photographers, designers, directors and other artists to create unique, magical and ethereal environments and boutique looks for; musicians, stage design, films, fashion photographers and public art.
Images: Cardigan Threads, Avocado earrings. Photo courtesy of the artist; Jeff McCann, portrait. Photo: Amy Benjamin
OBJECT SHOP MAKER Q&A
What is your 'origin story'?! Where did it all start?
I was using cardboard at university to make sets and props. It was then that I discovered how versatile cardboard is. I was also poor and could not afford many art supplies, so it worked out perfectly. 8 years later I still love the challenge of taking something considered rubbish and turning it into something of value and purpose again.
Describe the last thing you made?
In the lead up to Christmas I have been making a bunch of new earring styles. I wanted to inject some fresh designs into my range. So there is new wrapped crystals, monster faces and flowers with eyes.
What part of the making process do you enjoy the most?
I love painting the artwork onto the cardboard. I enjoy the process of deciding on the colour ways and working with combos that shouldn't necessarily work.
Who should we be following on Instagram? Who are your favourite local makers?
I love LukeJohnMatthewArnold's work. It is so graphic and pleasing. Also I love the statement that Frida Las Vegas makes with her work.