Branden M. Collins and Madeline Moore are The Young Never Sleep, an interdisciplinary creative studio based out of California. They’re a couple of multidisciplinary artists and designers, with a passion for creating diverse, experimental compositions doused in buckets of colour and patterns. With a client list that runs names like Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Print All Over Me, Sight Unseen and The Standard Hotel, it’s clear to us that they’re all about the fun stuff.
The work The Young Never Sleep are pumping out is wonderfully bold, imaginative and out-of-this world, so you can imagine how excited we were when Branden approached us to collaborate on a shoot. It was like all of our colour blocking dreams coming true at once and our minds started to race with all the possibilities our Pears could have in the hands of these two talented creatives. So, we sent them off a Pear of our beautifully pared back, monochromatic Mons to see what kind of magic they could weave for us! And, of course, they nailed it with a fun, joyous and delightfully playful collection of images and animations.
“The goal was to create a series of images that would compliment the black and white pattern, while maintaining the already playful and smart Odd Pears aesthetic,” says Branden on the project.
“The initial concept was to use plants, illustrated paper objects and splashes of subtle colour as a frame for the socks, with an emphasis on producing something handmade and textural. I worked with studio mate, and subsequent foot/hand model, Madeline Moore to bring the concept to life, donning a splash of bright blue paint, crafting hand-painted paper vases, clay objects, foliage and fruits. Taking it a step further, I used elements from the photos to create a series of vibrant frames, adding another layer of texture and an even more tactile feel.
The result is a collection of still images and animated compositions that highlight the vibrant energy of Odd Pears, with Mons as the focal point in all their monochromatic coolness.”