DO GOOD ART CLUB: RAVER JINN
Welcome to Do Good Art Club, our non-profit capsule collection platforming emerging artists we care about, and raising money for the causes they care about. Each artist's work is featured across a limited edition collection of hero styles, and 100% of the profits will be split equally between three charities; one of each artists’ choosing.
And now it’s time for us to introduce you to one of those artists: Raver Jinn. Raver Jinn is a graphic designer whose work explores the theme of slowness and interconnectedness, as well as ideas surrounding transformation and oscillation between states of being. They’ve chosen to support F2L: Relief Fund, a community-led effort that provides commissary to incarcerated Black, Indigenous, and people of color who are queer, trans and/or Two-Spirit in New York State. Let’s sit down for a natter with Raver, to find out their creation process, and why F2L: Relief Fund is a cause so close to their heart.
Hey, how are you?
How would you describe yourself, what you do, and the art you make?
I am a graphic designer, DJ, and producer based between New York and the midwest of North America.
What themes does your artwork explore?
My work bridges food, fantasy, lessons from the natural world, and design justice.
We’re so excited about your collection for Do Good Art Club. Is this the first time you’ll see your work on a piece of clothing?
I’ve been designing garments for just under 2 years, but this is the first time I’m seeing my work on pants, and on a matching set!
What inspired the artworks that are featured on the pieces?
The words and glyphs on the set are inspired by reciprocity, regeneration, and moving towards your heart’s desires. The imagery is intended to be a soft reminder that interdependence allows us all to grow.
Where will you be wearing them out to?
The set is super versatile, I’ve already worn it to the park, to the club, and at home as a cosy loungewear set!
Will you tell us a bit more about the charity you’ve chosen? Why are they so close to your heart?
Living in New York I am surrounded by a vast culture of mutual aid, and have both witnessed and experienced its nurturing impact. F2L: RELIEF FUND is based in New York, and does critical mutual aid work providing commissary support to Black / Indigenous people, and people of color, who are queer, trans and/or two-spirit and incarcerated - I am grateful for the chance to support their work.
What is the creation process like for you? Do you find it healing / energising / calming / stressful?
It definitely varies, but my favourite parts of the design process are the initial stages when I’m exploring a new medium, foraging for imagery, or conceptualising a piece, as well as the final stage when it’s released into the world. I think design can definitely be one means towards affirmation and collective healing.
Who are your artistic heroes, and what inspiration do you draw from them?
I’m very inspired by peers in my community who are committed to demystifying art-making processes and sharing art resources. Here are just a few (of many) artists and organisers I’ve been inspired by this year.
How can people support both you as an artist and your chosen charity?
People can support F2L by sending funds to them here, contacting F2L if you have a fundraising idea of your own, or purchasing the Lazy Oaf set with all proceeds to F2L. People can support me by checking out past or future collaborative merch lines I’ve worked on with proceeds going to loved ones in my community.
Where can we find you? Let us know your @s.
On IG @heartcore.94 !