Lorin Askill x Colab Video & Interview
The eyewear label teams up with Askill Projects.
Colab have teamed up with Askill Projects, aka the tremendously talented Askill brothers Daniel, Jordan and Lorin, on three limited edition pairs of shades. Lorin's glasses are first up, and to celebrate the release he's made a subtly trippy short film.
We caught up with Lorin, whose past clients incude Dion Lee, Acne and BMW.
Mel Kenny: Hey Lorin! Congrats on the project and video. How did the collab with Colab come to be?
Lorin Askill: Thanks! The project came together with Colab because I think they wanted to branch out a little bit with the kind of people they collaborate with. We thought it might be cool if us three brothers designed one pair of frames each.
So for your sunglasses, you took inspiration from a pair your Mum wears, which were originally your grandfather's in the 50s...
Yeah, they're falling apart. I love the old fogged-out colour and the little details that I'd never seen before. I thought it would be cool to incorporate these elements into an evolved shape. Obviously you can't re-invent the wheel with glasses so for me it was about the subtle details in a classic shape, and I like the idea of keeping the family relics alive. Dan, Jord and I all took our inspiration from different places so the results are all pretty different.
Can you tell us a bit about the video?
The video was made from video footage that I've manipulated in different ways. I had been playing with this idea and this seemed like a perfect chance to use it. I wanted to create this eerie space where the world is locked to, and revolves around, the subject. It creates a weird sense of reality. Also, the repeated images hopefully create a kind of visual rhythm. I just thought it was an cool, simple way to feature the frames in my work.
Did you always foresee yourself having a multidisciplinary career?
I studied fine arts at COFA but was always open to see where I might use the things I learned and developed there. I was working a bit with my brother and Collider while I was studying so it was just natural that I continued when I finished as well as developing my own work and collaborating with other people. I never questioned it to much; it just makes sense to apply myself to creative projects in whatever way seems right.
Let's pretend there are absolutely no parameters to this question. Please describe your #1 dream collaboration?
The ultimate collaboration would be to work with both my brothers on something REALLY big like a film or an installation or theatre piece of some kind.
Introduction: Julian Rifkin
Interview: Mel Kenny