“Be open to all opportunities, no matter how scary” – set designer Gary Card on treating every working day as a new adventure
Set designer Gary Card has grown a reputation in ten years that many can only hope to achieve in a lifetime. His list of collaborators reads like a who’s who of the fashion, music and art worlds (including Balenciaga, Comme des Garçons, Lady Gaga, Frank Ocean and Dinos Chapman), while an extensive array of projects span editorial illustration, print design, installation and sculpture. At times playful, monster-populated and psychedelic, at others poppy, decadent or minimal, his designs have graced limited-edition watches, fashion-store interiors, major runway shows; he’s even published a children’s book. But despite all this, Gary doesn’t take anything for granted – he cites his earliest jobs as equipping him for the breadth of his role, whether working as a student counsellor or making paintings for supermarkets. From taking an important creative director to a Beefeater in his hometown to fulfilling childhood ambitions of designing toys, Gary tells us why his job is still a “constant adventure”.
Gary Card On Sculpting With Masking Tape, His Favourite Zines And The Weird Things You'll Find In His Studio
'To call Gary Card a polymath seems too serious. It's true that his talents encompass many disciplines - think set design, illustration, sculpture and now zine-making - but the term neglects to acknowledge the unabounding and joyful creativity that characterises his work. Amongst Gary's impressive and diverse portfolio is the set for recent Balenciaga campaigns - including the one with the logo carpet, and the fetishistic images with draped mauve and red curtains, the pink-painted cardboard monsters from Charles Jeffrey LOVERBOY's riotous SS18 show and the headpieces from Comme des Garçons SS12 collection. For his latest project, Gary Card has turned his attention to zine-making, spurred on by the liberation that comes with working without a brief. We caught up with him to talk Happy Breakfast, dream collaborations, and the weird things we can find in his studio..'