GRANIPH TSHIRT DESIGN AWARD
The T-shirt has always been a perfect blank canvas for designers and artists to express themselves. Rather than become a walking advert the t-shirt offers the opportunity to communicate a message or align yourself with a certain tribe, political party, gang or band.
Since its inception in Japan in 2001 graniph has worked with leading designers and artists to pioneer a new culture of fusing art and fashion on the timeless, blank canvas of the T-shirt. In 2006 the graniph design award was launched. It is a global design competition open to everyone and anyone regardless of age, location or experience. Thousands of entries were received this year and twenty three winning designs have been selected. From 6 August 2009 KK Outlet will host an exhibition showcasing the winning finalists. The result is an array of established and breakthrough talent; hand sketched designs are juxtaposed with photographic images and typography. Some show off slick graphic design skills but all are limited edition and for sale throughout the exhibition.