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Work+Sea: Fall 2017 Artist Collaborators

Artist-designer duo Lara and Michael comprise the artistic force known as Work + Sea. Lara is formally trained in fine art and Michael in architecture. The contrast between Lara’s affinity for nature, paired with Michael’s fascination with structure in all its forms provides the creative spark behind Work + Sea. Jason met Lara and Michael on an evening out and was immediately inspired by their whimsical yet sophisticated wallpaper designs. Jason invited Work + Sea to collaborate on the Fall 2017 GREY Jason Wu collection and the result is two prints that are fun yet elevated and applied to easygoing chiffon silhouettes and luxurious knits. Read below as Michael and Lara share their inspiration boards for our lush foliage prints and CAT-mouflage.

"Inspired by the garden outside our studio window, this pattern depicts a selection of lush foliage, some real some imaginary, juxtaposed with the iconic disco ball. We wanted to conjure the atmosphere of a midnight garden party, and the natural world on our doorstep, adorned with the shiny, man-made element, produced that for us."

-Michael and Lara "Work + Sea"

"Inspired by imagery from the Ancient world- camels, busts, and Egyptian cats. We wanted to weave these 3 referential images together to give the pattern a narrative feel, and explore the contrast between the subject matter and the contemporary camouflage repeat."
-Michael and Lara "Work + Sea"

Shop the Work + Sea collaboration and tag us on Instagram @GREYJasonWu with your artistic inspiraiton.