Mental health is still a huge taboo in our society and many people are afraid to speak out about their own mental health problems for the fear of being judged. For that reason, card company Thortful* has collaborated with fashion designer Gary James McQueen, the nephew of the late Alexander, to create a collection of exclusive cards to act as ‘moments of intervention’ to increase communication around mental health.
The designs take inspiration from his late uncle as well as the themes of; life, death and rebirth. Gary himself has suffered from depression and anxiety in the past, which is one of the reasons he approached Thortful* to create these cards as a way to get people talking to each other - "I wanted to create cards that said; ‘I’m looking out for you’, cards you might send a friend to demonstrate that you are there for them. A way to reach out with love".
Japanese Modernist Birds are all about Life
In this fantasy artwork he adopted Lee's love of birds. The palette is reflective of that from the modernist era, combining this with a Japanese subject of fantasy birds to give it a modern and new feel.
CarvedIvory represents Death
This story is a nod to the Victorian era, a time of British colonial expedition and fascination for everything Ivory.Although very beautiful to own a piece of ivory, this subject highlights the impact and lasting effect this trendhas had on endangered species and the price that has been paid for possessing such beauty.
Moonlight Serenade encapsulates Rebirth
This artwork is a story of Lee's creative energy, bodies distorted, some in a foetal position appearing to die ormaybe they are being born? They represent a re-awakening of energy, very much like the explosive energy of a white dwarf star. As it dies it disperses to form a new established solar system.
The card collection features three exclusive prints, designed by Gary James McQueen. Each card will come printed on quality A5 card and 100% of the profits from the limited edition card range will go to mental health charity, Chasing The Stigma. Cards can be purchased from the Thortful* website for only £2.99 (+P&P)
Chasing The Stigma is a mental health charity which aims to normalise and humanise mental illness. They aim to bring everyone together in a ‘Hub of Hope’; a place to go to find out what support is around you, wherever you are in the country. A place where you can go and know you’re not alone. By creating a community of real people who have faced real problems, they offer genuine hope to those who need it the most. Whether you are a support group, a concerned friend or someone who is dealing with a mental illness, Chasing The Stigma is here for you.
I really hope some of you buy a card for yourself or a friend, or share this blog post or post your own little tweet letting people know about this amazing art work.