Founded by New York artist, Victor “VICKIPAGES” Roman, ‘The Camo Project’ is a hand crafted illustrative book depicting Victor’s interest in “the art of survival through the method of crypsis known as Camouflage“. Victor features his drawings of animals, many of whom naturally blend into their own habitats, and places them infront of a variety of camouflage vector graphics. His artwork interestingly brings wildlife to the forefront of pop-culture in 2011/12, as Camouflage is making its umpteenth resurgence into the mainstream fashion lines and labels. But at the same time, “The Camo Project” takes frivolous pop-culture, and our uncanny obsession with Army gear, back to it’s original source of inspiration, wildlife. Whichever way you look at it, The Camo Project is an interesting, relevant project which is now stocked by both Reed Space and Dessert Island Books. Vickipages is making his name on the art and culture scene in NY, and if you hit the jump you’ll see why!
Camouflage prints and military style in fashion and popular culture weren’t pioneered by Andy Warhol, Hip Hop, or the likes of Bape as you’d think – the history of Camo in fashion dates back almost a century and involves War, Modernism and gender equality! The first use of military wear in fashion was by Parisian couturiers during the first World War. The war had meant women were taking on their husband’s industrial jobs in factories where they would wear military style uniforms. Quickly, elements of the uniforms worn at work, were creeping into the brains of fashion designers who were creating garments with military style belts, and tunic style jackets for women. This combined with the revolution of women starting to wearing trousers, rather than mid calf skirts and aprons, meant that military fashion had edged it’s way in between practical wear, and high-end fashion. Throughout the decades, camouflage and military wear has been associated with protest (Anti-Vietnam protestors wore camo), rebellion (Black Panther’s wore military style clothes), art (one of Warhol’s most prolific works was ‘The Camouflages’) and fashion (Christian Dior, D&G, Louis Vuitton and Jean-Paul Gaultier have all sent camouflage designs down the catwalk in recent years). The Camouflage pattern has transitioned from it’s military, uniformed background roots to rebellious culture and fashion, representing a fusion of histories, trends and emotions. Vickipages takes that transition a step back to it’s original inspiration, wildlife and survival, by incorporating images of nature into his Camo Project series. See below for images and for details on where to purchase!
Through love, greed and pain, all living beings are connected in more ways than you think. Artist Vickipages uses graphic design to tie their worlds together.
Volume 2 is available for purchase now and you can find out more details about The Camo Project and VickiPages by browsing below: