How everything started… That’s a good question. Lets get back 12 years ago.
All began with friendship more than illustration appealing at first.
Coming from two artistics families, Rémy and I always had interest in graphic design, art productions and illustration .
Separately we took our own path.
- Rémy directly chose applied art and studied graphic design for three years. He started working as graphic designer right after his studies.
- On my side I chose history of art then applied art too but in product design. I was preparing my master when he decided to focus his work on lettering as a free lance designer.
In March 2015 , Our own universes met again when for his first exhibition, he asked me if I’d like to do a collaboration with him. As we spent 3 days in a total artistic autism, we realized that our two own styles were perfectly matching together.
On one side the rigor of Rémy’s flawless type work. On the other side my personal and unmanageable floral work. Both together they were producing spectacular and balanced black and white illustrations.
Swindler & Swindler wasn’t named yet but the idea of working together appeared in our minds.
6 months later we took the decision and started building the identity of Swindler & Swindler studio. Our manageress idea… Offbeat and caustic humor in sophisticated projects.
Our inspiration comes from a mutual adoration for the 19th century engraving art, ancient sign paintings, medieval art…wherever we can find quality, beauty and complexity of hand made work.
The five certificates series is our first project as Mr and Mrs Swindler. The initial idea come from a joke we had together. As the society is trying to sell you pretty much everything why couldn’t we sell unsellable things? What human being could need? What human being is loosing nowadays ? As the project isn’t really tangible we knowingly chosen an old form of transaction: old bills and certificates
Each certificate is entirely made of millions Rotring lines and dots. Plus, to complete this huge amount of work we created stamps that certifies their quality. Every single one took more than a week of work, patience and love.
Hope you will like it as much as we are.
Let’s get back to work.