In 2014, Nutcase launched the first Unframed Artist Series campaign. Our first global call for submissions generated 55 fantastic design ideas (see USA site), with submissions from around the world, and our second call expanded on the success of the first with 84 submissions. In both contests, three artists were selected to collaborate with Nutcase to create helmets. In addition, we collaborated each summer with the artists at two of the worlds largest bike trade shows – Eurobike in Germany and Interbike in Las Vegas, USA – to paint mural panels live during the shows. The panels were auctioned off at the end of the shows to benefit World Bicycle Relief.
Jobert Cruz studied art at Far Eastern University, and has been featured in a number of group shows in the Philippines. His bold lines and rich colors take inspiration from the start style of his beloved graphic novels and from the ever-changing urban landscape around him.
Carla Bartow paints and produces signature linoleum-block prints and murals. Her art blends a keen love of the natural world with bright-yet-earthy colors, a touch of humor and some whimsy that emerge in many of her Pacific Northwest-inspired themes.
Tiago DeJerk sees his form of stencil-based art as the most democratic art form he can pursue. He is influenced by street art, street life, and by the colorful pageantry of professional clowns (he once was one!). His murals can be composed of as many as 60 different stencils.
Here are the helmets they created. They will be available in stores worldwide in spring of 2016.
Watch the documentary video about the work of the 2015 Unframed artists below:
Sandra Ramirez, of Columbia, draws whimsical, kooky, upbeat creatures she calls monsters. Ramirez said her funny creatures spring directly from her ugly thumbs. “I have weird thumbs, as a child I used to hide them, I was so embarrassed, but then I decided to draw eyes on them and they became my favorite monsters.” She draws her monsters on backpacks, boots, and yes, helmets!
Ray Moore, a Munich-based native of Mississippi, combines spoken-word poetry, found collaged objects, and images and ideas from his own mind to create mixed-media, loud, politically-edgy art. With the help of some hip hop or soul on his headphones, he’s able to “let inspiration seep into his veins,” and says as an artist, “it’s the groove, the mood, the flowing together that happens, that’s what I’m going for in making art.”
Todd Standish, from San Francisco, is at home in many styles — illustration, drawing, painting. But it was his work as a full-time mural painter, creating backdrops for Hollywood sets, ceilings of casinos, frescoes in private houses, that inspired his Unframed design. His inspiration for his helmet was simple, “It just revolves around the idea that it would be totally cool if angels rode bicycles and did skateboard tricks.” It sure would.
And here are the limited edition Artists Series helmets they created, sold around the world during the 2015 season.
Watch the documentary video about the work of the 2014 Unframed artists here: