Toby Neilan & Nike
Art & Sole regular (see here and here) Toby Neilan has recently been in touch to let us know about his latest art project; a triptych of prints which use the colourways of the amazing Nike HTM Flyknit as inspiration…
First launched in January of this year, Nike Flyknit is a groundbreaking design technology, where footwear is created with a ‘knitted’ upper. Using yarns that are engineered to create a lightweight, form fitting and virtually seamless upper, the shoes have been designed to deliver great performance while reducing material waste. To help launch the project, Nike has been releasing an extremely limited selection of these shoes under the HTM banner (a collaboration between the creative minds of artist/designer Hiroshi Fujiwara, Air Max 1 designer Tinker Hatfield and Nike CEO Mark Parker), and so far there have been nine HTM Flyknit shoes released - three of which are the subject of Neilan’s artwork.
The Nike Flyknit project has already had a very creative start (we’ll be writing more about that soon), and Neilan’s expressive style captures the essence of Flyknit perfectly, with intricate detailing and bold use of colour. ‘As a keen runner I was interested in the pared down technology of the Flyknit range,’ explains Neilan,’ especially the concept of barefoot running and how Nike have tackled this issue with the one-piece woven upper. As always with HTM collaborations, the colour palette adds an extra dimension.’
The Flyknit Triptych prints by Toby Neilan are available now from the Art & Sole online shop. Each image is produced in a limited edition of just 25, signed by the artist and stamped by Art & Sole for authenticity