We begin our home series with emerging Melbourne multidisciplinary artist Clare Dubina. Taking inspiration from our Resort 21 collection, Clare creates a selection of original artworks presented in abstract form, using a combination of acrylic, ink and moulding paste on canvas.

Each original piece explores the tonality, timeless palette and silhouette of our Resort 21 collection. Remaining true to our brand, each artwork can be collected and hung harmoniously as a complementary story

Tell us about yourself?

My name is Clare Dubina, I am 43 years old with a multicultural background of British and Sri Lankan descent. I have lived in the UK, Japan, USA, and have called Australia home for the past 10 years. I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, USA.

My studio is a small light filled bedroom in the house I rent with my partner and two dogs in Melbourne.

How did the V&W Resort 21 collection inspire you?

Everything about this collaboration was inspiring! I usually work with the female form as my theme and to work with just the clothes made to cover her body was a welcoming challenge and experience.

I was driven by the fabric textures, outfit layering and the tailoring. I aimed to create a few pieces with a slight hint toward a figure but also wanted each piece to be abstract and able to stand alone away from the collection and still have a presence. The colour palette was a dream to work with too.

Can you explain your creative process?

My creative process can start from a sketch I did at university, a photograph taken during my time as a fashion photographer, or even from painting over a “failed” artwork. My work is heavily influenced by my formative years of studying Printmaking. In particular, the use of layering, texturing and the simplicity of different processes such as monotype printing, screen printing and also non-silver printmaking.

Typically, I start out with a preliminary sketch, but once it is on the canvas, it inevitably changes as I continue to paint. I live with a painting for a few days, studying it in varied lighting conditions and sometimes different orientations, until I am completely happy and do not feel the need to adjust anything.

What materials do you use?

For my paintings, I work with acrylic paint, inks and molding paste. When time permits, I try to balance my painting with stoneware sculptures.

How did you get started in the industry?

This is the first year I have put my work out into the world with my signature on it. However, behind the scenes for the past 7 years, I have been making sculptures and creating original paintings as a Display Coordinator for a retail company. With encouragement from my loved ones (and a little nudge from a short stint of the lockdown) I finally felt comfortable with what I had to offer.

How do you imagine them being hung or displayed?

When I started this series, I wanted them all to be hung together to complement each other, similar to how a gallery show would be curated. From there I edited them down to smaller groupings suitable for each store ensuring that there was good balance and representation of colour and texture.

Do you have a favorite piece in the series?

My favorite is my interpretation of the Guidance dress. It is such a simple and feminine shape, and from a distance the single use of brown might appear to be quite ordinary, but up close the layers of ink give it depth - much like the gauzy fabric and tailored details would do as well.