"You know, I really enjoy forgetting. When I first come to a place, I notice all the little details. I notice the way the sky looks. The color of white paper. The way people walk. Doorknobs. Everything. Then I get used to the place and I don't notice those things anymore. So only by forgetting can I see the place again as it really is."

David Byrne

True Stories


"...and if I ever went solo my favorite MC would be me."

Phife Dawg

Midnight Marauders



© John Conner. Design Portfolio. 2019.






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The Beginning

Award Tour originally began during summer 2016, shortly after work on SPECTRUM had concluded. Over the next 30 months, it slowly grew and changed with the trends to become an intimidating kaiju as I transitioned over 3 states, 4 cities, and 2 jobs. Award Tour sat in the back of my mind over the past 30 months, and has slowly been completed.


This collection was designed to show the traditional process of sake brewing through a combination of traditional shibori techniques and traditional menswear. Rendered without Image Trace, all by hand in Illustrator.

Sake, the national beverage of Japan, is brewed by fermenting rice, during which the starches are converted into sugar, and then alcohol. Consumption of sake has been traced back to the 3rd-century Book of Wei.


“Shibori is the Japanese word for a variety of ways of embellishing textiles by shaping cloth and securing it before dying. The word comes from the verb root shiboru, “to wring, squeeze, press.” Although shibori is used to designate a particular group of resist-dyed textiles, the verb root of the word emphasizes the action performed on cloth, the process of manipulating fabric. Rather than treating cloth as a two-dimensional surface, with shibori it is given a three-dimensional form by folding, crumpling, stitching, plaiting, or plucking and twisting. Cloth shaped by these methods is secured in a number of ways, such as binding and knotting. It is the pliancy of a textile and its potential for creating a multitude of shape-resisted designs that the Japanese concept of shibori recognizes and explores.


The special characteristic of shibori resist is a soft- or blurry-edged pattern. This effect is quite different from the sharp resist obtained with stencil, paste, or wax. With shibori the dyer works in concert with the materials, not in an effort to overcome their limitations but to allow them full expression. And, an element of the unexpected is always present.”



From Shibori, The Inventive Art of Japanese Shaped Resist Dying by Wada, Rice, & Barton



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