Converse 1HUND(RED) Artists is a year long global project to support Converse’s long-term partnership with (PRODUCT) RED and commemorate the brands 100th anniversary celebration in 2008. Artists from all over the world have been enlisted and given the opportunity to use their creative power to design Converse product to celebrate culture and support The Global Fund. 10% of the net wholesale price of the artist collaborated shoes goes towards the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Sneaker Freaker is proud to showcase this collection over the next coming weeks, with contributions from some of the cats we think you’ll like to see.
First up is the Jeremyville Artist #30 Converse. Based in Australia, the prolific artist and designer known as Jeremyville began his career as a cartoonist at a major Sydney newspaper. Speaking about his design submission for Converse 1HUND(RED) Artists, he says, “I wanted this to be a shoe design that my friends and I would personally wear. I see this design worn with a pair of tight black jeans, vintage t-shirt and a pair of old 70s blended sunglasses. I kept that final mental image in mind throughout the design process.” His connection to Converse runs deep, “I’ve worn Chuck Taylor All Star high-top shoes since the age of about 13. My current pair is more a collection of paint splatters than an actual shoe. I think the paint is holding the shoe together.” Jeremyville is also the author of “Vinyl Will Kill,” a book on designer toys, and “Jeremyville Sessions,” published by IdN, a study in collaborative art with over 300 artists and companies. As a final thought on his inclusion in the project, he adds, “There’s nothing as powerful as a group of respected artists banding together with a credible company to make stuff happen. I can’t wait to see the results. I’m really proud to be invited to be a part of it.”