DO GOOD ART CLUB: RAISSA PARDINI
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.
Today we’re introducing you to the first artist, Raissa Pardini. Raissa is a multi-disciplinary creative whose work focuses on themes of culture and community, explored through graphics and type heavy images with bold and bright colours. Raissa has chosen to support Endometriosis UK, a charity that provides support for those affected by endometriosis whilst also campaigning for a better societal understanding of the disease. Let’s catch up with her, so you can learn more about the artist, her work, and why she chose to support Endometriosis UK.
Hey Raissa, how are you?
Hello : ) I’m doing good, thank you. I’ve been working on myself a lot recently, facing a lot of different things so I’m taking every day as a new day!
How would you describe yourself, what you do, and the art you make?
Labelling myself as a creative is perhaps correct. Not an artist, not a designer but a very curious person who tries to create as much as possible each day. I’m passionate about type and colours and you can usually find them in my work. Although I recently started to work with patterns and video. I’m evolving as a creative each year; leaving something behind while trying to gain new skills.
What themes does your artwork explore?
I usually try to leave you with some positive vibes. Whether it is a colour combo or something fun, an important message or a thought. Design and art are there to question us and I’d like to do it in the most positive way possible. I love letters, buildings, people and their stories. In fact, ANY story! I’m in love with conversing with others about their lives - it’s so inspiring for me.
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 actually made stuff with some DIY artists in the past and a couple of clothing brands. It’s always very cool to work on clothing but it's trickier when you start working for the Fashion Week kinda brands. I don't always agree with their way of working, for many reasons, so sometimes I don't see myself fitting into their briefs.
What inspired the artworks that are featured on the pieces?
‘My Type Of Revolution’ is my second solo exhibition, which launched in December 2021 in London. It’s going to Turin for the Graphic Days in September. The pattern you’ll see on the set is the type I made from scratch for the main exhibition poster - It’s a combination of an edgy font contrasted with a very soft one. It probably represents so much of what we’ve gone through in the last couple of years. No middle ground, just a lot of black and white.
Where will you be wearing them to?
EVERYWHEREEEEE : ) ) )
Will you tell us a bit more about the charity you’ve chosen? Why are they so close to your heart?
I thought I could potentially have endometriosis for a long time, given the severe pain I was getting during some of my periods. Endometriosis is more common than we think and there’s very little information regarding what it is and how to get a diagnosis. It’s a very painful issue, and it’s usually dismissed as ‘just period pain’ from doctors. There aren’t enough studies being conducted and support being made available, and so I wanted to pick this charity who are working to raise awareness and offer advice and support for people experiencing the condition.
Who are your artistic heroes, and what inspiration do you draw from them?
Real people and their stories! I honestly could spend hours listening to new friends, old friends, people in Hackney, people from my small hometown in Italy.
What is the creation process like for you?
Do you find it healing / energising / calming / stressful?
I guess work is work and sometimes you love it and sometimes you don’t. I feel great when the perfect project comes along, but then it becomes trickier when it’s harder to piece it together. I’m always gathering notes, photos, and inspo when I walk around the town. I try to do it every Friday. I feel so inspired by dedicating one day a week to soak up real life inspirations. It's so much easier to start working on a project if you constantly feed yourself with new ideas.
How can people support both you as an artist and your chosen charity?
Donate, educate yourself from their channels, spread the word about Endometriosis and be in touch with them if you need any help. Lots of love!