For this instalment to our Creators Series, we’re catching up with streetwear artist & designer @curriegoat – aka Denzel – to gain an insight into his design process.
We’ve worked with Denzel on a few projects in the past, but in case you’re unfamiliar with his work, he’s one of the best in the game at customising clothing with his own unique flavour. Take a look at some of his work below and keep on reading to find out a little more about his process.
How to customise a hoodie
To start off, Denzel drew a version of the Prometheus design using Adobe Illustrator and mocked up the hoodie to test colours and size.
Here’s a bit of knowledge for you: Prometheus, in Greek mythology, is the Titan responsible for creating humanity – fact of the day.
Next, he printed out the design and traced around the edges, then filled in the block colour before painting in the finer details.
Tip: When using fabric paint fewer layers is always better. This can be hard when painting on dark fabrics, however, it is much easier to heat seal the design with less paint.
Finally, Currie used a white paint pen to draw in the chains and then filled them in with block colours and shadows.
How to customise shoes
First, Currie painted the lion onto the upper of the sneaker using fabric paint.
A lot of people ask CurrieGoat which paint he uses and his answer is usually the same: “any quality fabric paint brand”. Just make sure that you cure the design as instructed on the packaging, he explains.
He also told us, “If fabric paint is too expensive you can use screen printing ink mixed with fabric medium.”
Next, he painted a layer of white onto then shoe in the shape of the lion and the filled in the details with a fine brush.
“Once again, it’s not about the brand,” Currie explains, “it’s confident strokes of the brush that will give you results.”
The next step was making the fur. To do this Currie took some wool thread and made them into pom-poms, wrapping them around two fingers and then sewing the bunched up thread onto the upper around the lion painting.
Finally, he took some fabric scissors and cut the edges of the pom-poms until they looked fluffy and trimmed the edges so that they were round.
Tip: You can tease the ends of the wool with the tip of the needle to make the pom-pom more fluffy.