Artists × Maekake
2021 Limited Edition Collaboration
Three artists from France, Australia, and Taiwan come together to reimagine the traditional maekake for the future. Giving them free rein to unleash their individual creativity, Anything has commissioned three limited-edition designs that pay homage to the past while transforming this humble workwear item into a canvas for artistic expression. There are only a hundred pieces for each design, only available exclusively through Anything Co. – get them before they are gone!
Stéphane Casier (France)
Micke Lindebergh (Sweden/Australia)
“WEAVING THE FUTURE” Collection
Maekake can be art – art that can be worn and displayed with pride.
We documented three different individuals in Tokyo – a barista, small grocery shop owner, and a graphic designer – to see how they used maekake in their everyday life. This simple workwear was first used several centuries ago as gear to assist with physical labourers, and later evolved to become adorned with shop logos – acting as an early form of advertising for businesses. Building on this spirit, these maekake are designed to be tools for creative and cultural expression for people all around the world today. Wear it, hang it, and use it!
About the Artists (in alphabetical order)
Stéphane Casier (France)French illustrator born in 1983. After graduating from an art school he worked several years as a freelance illustrator and collaborated with companies such as Reebok, Warner Music, or Hoppy. For a few years now he’s been focusing on his personal works that he sells online on various products (t-shirts, posters...) through his brand Yeaaah! Studio. Stéphane’s style is strongly inspired by Japanese pop culture which he got into at an early age thanks to manga and anime.
Micke Lindebergh (Sweden/Australia)Micke's confident hand and unapologetic choice of chromatically lush materials, such as Posca pens, bright acrylics and riso inks, reward his audience with a visually delightful series of hand-generated arrangements. His playful compositions make use of balance, colour & contrast to showcase his masterful embrace of the primary palette. The bright and snappy works on exhibit recall his most prominent influences - Japanese comics, Scandinavian design and the balmy Sydney summertime. Originally from Sweden, Micke moved from Stockholm to London to study illustration at The Camberwell College of Art. After which, he spent some years living in London & around Europe, before finally landing in Sydney. Over the course of his travels his work has changed from illustrations of monsters and animals to the more abstract and playful shapes and flowers he is now known for.
WHOSMiNG (Taiwan)WHOSMiNG is a multidisciplinary design and illustration studio by creator Ming Liu based in Taipei. He's skilled at capturing people’s features, using simple lines and strokes. One of his popular series is #mingscups, has sketched over 500 baristas on coffee cups, in over 50 cities throughout the world, and he is constantly adding to more. His illustration has become popular and well-known on social media worldwide. He has been invited to collaborate with several international brands, including McDonald's, UNIQLO, BEAMS, New Balance, niko and…, MINI and more. WHOSMiNG has also been invited to hold solo exhibitions in Tokyo by “Tegamisha” and "DAIKANYAMA T-SITE" several times.