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How this artist finds his creative spark in nature—and technology.

Earlier this year, we spent the day with James Clar in his Brooklyn studio. A clear, blue-skied morning turned into a sunny afternoon followed by a spectacular sunset—fittingly light-filled weather for time spent with an artist whose muse is the electromagnetic spectrum.

Clar, who work lives at the intersection between technology and the natural world, was putting the final touches on an installation commissioned by Canada Goose. Inspired by the elements—wind, rain, sun—it was designed to form an interactive backdrop for our S20 BRANTA collection, projecting on and playing off the reflectivity in each of the collection’s pieces. And that reflectivity? Clar also fed into that, inspiring our design team with the way he finds creative fodder in natural phenomenon, and his perspective on making provocative, probing art out of science.

The result? “The Art of Light” BRANTA collection, whose signature diamond patterning is based on the logarithmic scale found in the spectrum of light. This Spring, he’s also created a filter for Instagram, bringing the “Elements of Spring” to life in an immersive way. If you’re on your mobile device, you can activate the filter here.

Clar’s process doesn’t quite fit the usual stereotype of “the artist at work.” It is methodical, a considered, relaxed tinkering—adjusting the angle of a projector here, troubleshooting something in the computer program Clar uses to create the interactivity in his light art. He and his assistants often crowd around a single laptop monitor, quietly problem solving together. They speak a technical language amongst themselves, acronyms tossed back and forth through the high-ceilinged space.

And this is how the day passes: Close collaboration, intense concentration, punctuated by a lot of laughter. Then, when sunset comes and the light is fading, the room empties, and our day in the studio with James Clar is done.

Ready to shop? Discover our S20 Branta Collection now.

How this artist finds his creative spark in nature—and technology.

Earlier this year, we spent the day with James Clar in his Brooklyn studio. A clear, blue-skied morning turned into a sunny afternoon followed by a spectacular sunset—fittingly light-filled weather for time spent with an artist whose muse is the electromagnetic spectrum.

Clar, whose work lives at the intersection between technology and the natural world, was putting the final touches on an installation commissioned by Canada Goose. Inspired by the elements—wind, rain, sun—it was designed to form an interactive backdrop for our S20 BRANTA collection, projecting on and playing off the reflectivity in each of the collection’s pieces. And that reflectivity? Clar also fed into that, inspiring our design team with the way he finds creative fodder in natural phenomenon, and his perspective on making provocative, probing art out of science.

The result? “The Art of Light” BRANTA collection, whose signature diamond patterning is based on the logarithmic scale found in the spectrum of light. This Spring, he’s also created a filter for Instagram, bringing the “Elements of Spring” to life in an immersive way. If you’re on your mobile device, you can activate the filter here.

Clar’s process doesn’t quite fit the usual stereotype of “the artist at work.” It is methodical, a considered, relaxed tinkering—adjusting the angle of a projector here, troubleshooting something in the computer program Clar uses to create the interactivity in his light art. He and his assistants often crowd around a single laptop monitor, quietly problem solving together. They speak a technical language amongst themselves, acronyms tossed back and forth through the high-ceilinged space.

And this is how the day passes: close collaboration, intense concentration, punctuated by a lot of laughter. Then, when sunset comes and the light is fading, the room empties, and our day in the studio with James Clar is done.

Ready to shop? Discover our S20 Branta Collection now

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