We’re super pumped to be releasing a brand new sock from our artist collaboration series. This time we had the chance to work with our buddy The Seven Seas aka Callum Addis, who is a Melbourne-based artist and creative. Callum’s practice is the definition of multidisciplinary. He’s grown from a background in graffiti to a place where painting, drawing, sculpture, and small press rest alongside each other. He’s recently made a foray into the abstract, creating large, flat-planed, wooden installations that are ethereal and sophisticated. We’re big fans and count ourselves pretty damn lucky to get him on board to design some fun new buds for our ankles.
These little guys are ambiguous in emotion — are they angry, disappointed, dismayed? Or is it just their natural resting expression and we’re completely overthinking it and making things awkward.
Read onto our interview with Callum to find out + shop the limited edition The Seven Seas X Odd Pears collaboration socks here.
Give us the low-down: who are you / what do you do / where are you based?
My name is Callum. I live in Clifton Hill just outside of Melbourne's CBD. I run a painting and decorating business full time and try to make art when I can find the time.
What is your working process? What are your essentials? (for example tools, materials, tunes, snacks etc)
At the moment my work is mostly made from timber. I have been getting lots of my work routed with a CNC router which means lots of my work begins on the computer in illustrator. My fav snack is Vegemite and cheese toasties.
You’ve recently made a big move from figurative to more abstract, sculptural work. Was there anything in particular that prompted this shift?
I felt like my work had stopped progressing. My work was becoming very repetitive and I wasn't really enjoying what I was producing. It also seemed like a fairly natural progression.
We love the simplicity and humour in the socks you designed for us. Tell us about them!
It's the face you make when you realise you can smell your own shoes in public.
What do you like to do in your downtime?
I have recently taken up kayaking which has been really great!
If you could send anyone in the history of the world your Pears to happily wear forever and ever, who would it be and why?
I would like to see Shaq try to fit into them.
What are you looking forward to for the rest of this year?
I will be heading to Japan in September which is always great. Then a solo show at Boom gallery in November.
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