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Incase Launches Their Artist Luggage Covers With Six Traveling Artists

May 30, 2018

Our friends over at Incase just released a new series of Artist Luggage Covers for some of their Novi Travel Rollers. They recruited a group of six artists to come up with artwork that reflected their own personal experiences with and connection to travel. It's a fitting collaboration, as many artists are inspired by travel and do so often for either opportunities or fun. As part of the collaboration, the Incase team profiled each artist to find out what travel means to them, see where they’re traveling to next, and find out what served as inspiration for their artwork. Read on below to see the new series of products and read the profiles.

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Michael Reeder, artist
Los Angeles, California

Tell us about yourself—where you’re from, when you got started making art, where you love traveling to, and how traveling influenced and continues to influence your creative process.
I’m a contemporary painter based in Los Angeles. I’ve always been captivated by the process of creating things with my own hands. As a kid I would intensely practice drawing photographs, attending art schools in both middle and high school. These experiences at such an early age gave me the creative insight that allowed me to build on top of for years after. As far as traveling goes I love visiting big bustling cities. The energy and mix of culture is quite addictive and inspiring. My current work focuses on identity and the way we’re all comprised of different experiences and backgrounds. Traveling and being able to take in other cultures directly is a major influence on my process and work.

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What served as your inspiration for this piece and why did you select it for the Incase Artist Series?
This particular piece is centered around the concept of the dual self. More specifically the internal and external self and wearing a mask to cover up the unwanted, shameful part of yourself. I’ve always been fascinated with the idea of wearing the face of your ego—where this double face concept originated from.

Where are you traveling to next?
I’m heading to Montreal to participate in the big Murál Festival in a few weeks! London, Amsterdam and Korea might be on the horizon later this year as well!

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Chris DeLorenzo, illustrator and designer
Boston, Massachusetts

Tell us about yourself—where you’re from, when you got started making art, where you love traveling to, and how traveling influenced and continues to influence your creative process.
I was born and raised in a charming northeast Massachusetts town with a good school system and a great roast beef joint. My grandmother drove me to art lessons every week, where I tried to create landscapes—only to find love in comic books and skateboard art. I was lucky enough to develop a knack for creating images and continued pursuing art throughout my life. I now run my own illustration business creating murals, advertising campaigns, animations, branding and more.

I find a lot of inspiration in traveling, whether it's a new city or just the act of moving in a car, train or plane. If I'm physically moving, I feel my thoughts moving too. I like traveling alone—it lets me take everything in and observe rather than trying to entertain and keep things exciting.

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What served as your inspiration for this piece and why did you select it for the Incase Artist Series?
This illustration reflects my feelings when traveling—being lost in the mystery and beauty of a new place and finding oneself in the thick of it.

Where are you traveling to next?
This year is a bit of an anomaly for me; I will be traveling a lot more than usual. I just returned from Nashville, Tennessee and will be traveling to Miami, Florida this week before I’m off to Mexico for my honeymoon. In August, I will be going for a hike north of Vancouver, Canada and capping off the year with a wedding in Italy.

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Jennet Liaw, illustrator and designer
New York City, New York

Tell us about yourself—where you’re from, when you got started making art, where you love traveling to, and how traveling influenced and continues to influence your creative process.
Northern California born and bred, I think of my place of upbringing as a blessed little bubble. I've been drawing and pursuing design just as long as I've been yearning to see the world outside of my bubble, which is as long as I can remember. Seeing new things and working to place myself into lifestyles by choice and not by default caused me to develop as a creative in ways that are hard to put into words—but the effects are undeniable. Perspective is powerful and not something one can gain from hearing about it, reading about it—you've got to just be there, no shortcuts. So, that hunger for getting out there is really just as insatiable as the hunger to drive forward and grow as a designer overall.

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What served as your inspiration for this piece and why did you select it for the Incase Artist Series?
Having once worked at a large corporation, I wanted to express the importance of keeping an adventurous spirit intact, especially if your job makes you feel like a mindless worker bee. I love the attitude associated with an OOO (out-of-office) automatic reply email—it expresses an attractive ambiguity about the universal need to just...be away. Whether it’s work travel or a much-needed vacation, “out of office” says, “don’t expect something from me today” and “I’m a responsible, likely employed individual” all at once. The motifs I chose to illustrate all correlate with this attitude. Even a seemingly dull business trip lets you break free from your daily routine and serve as a refreshing reset for the soul.

Where are you traveling to next?
I hope to take a trip to Taipei, Taiwan in the next month or so. I’ve made this trek every couple of years since I was a baby—most of my family is there. Although I'm so blessed to be American-born, I love that I have an “excuse” to enjoy a beautiful island where I discover something new and inspiring every trip.

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Jamie Browne, illustrator
Sydney, Australia

Tell us about yourself—where you’re from, when you got started making art, where you love traveling to, and how traveling influenced and continues to influence your creative process.
I’m from Sydney, Australia, but I spent the last four years living and working in Southern California. I’ve been making art as long as I can remember, becoming more serious after I left college—now it’s my livelihood. I love traveling in general, and I’m happy to go anywhere new. It’s the sense of exploration and discovering new things that excites me, inspires my work and feeds my creativity. A lot of my work deals with good times, escape and wordplay, so being exposed to new phrases, food and farfetched experiences is vital.

I recently had the pleasure of visiting New Orleans, Louisiana and México City, México. Both cities have this intoxicating texture and energy that’s hard to describe. Japan, however, keeps me coming back for more. It’s so deep and rich with culture that every time I visit, I feel like I’m barely scratching the surface.

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What served as your inspiration for this piece and why did you select it for the Incase Artist Series?
The inspiration for this piece came from that weekend feeling I’d get when I would cruise down to my local bar with friends for a few drinks and acknowledge the end of the working week. I chose this piece for the Incase Artist Series because it speaks to that feeling you get looking forward to a chill weekend getaway.

Where are you traveling to next?
Next up is Hamilton Island off the coast of Australia near the Great Barrier Reef. I’m going to escape the Sydney winter, swim in the sea and enjoy a few beachside beverages.

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Mark Oblow, artist and photographer
Costa Mesa, California

Tell us about yourself—where you’re from, when you got started making art, where you love traveling to, and how traveling influenced and continues to influence your creative process.
I was born and raised in Oahu, Hawaii and now reside in Costa Mesa, California. My creative output started early in grade school and continues today through visual journaling, skateboarding and various projects throughout my life. Traveling is a big inspiration, especially Japan, Hawaii, New York and Europe. My travels allow me to experience different cultures, meet different people and expose me to visual stimulation unique to each location.

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What served as your inspiration for this piece and why did you select it for the Incase Artist Series?
The ocean served as my inspiration for the Incase Artist Series; I want others to travel with the simplicity and beauty of the ocean in mind.

Where are you traveling to next?
My next destination is Japan—followed by Copenhagen, Amsterdam and Berlin.

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Corey Wilson, photographer
Santa Cruz, California

Tell us about yourself—where you’re from, when you got started making art, where you love traveling to, and how traveling influenced and continues to influence your creative process.
I’m 28-year-old photographer originally from Santa Cruz, California. My biggest inspiration since we were kids has been my older brother who paved the way for me in so many different ways. I constantly found my brother creating amazing pieces of art—paintings, music, graphic design, etc. He created anything that he wanted; that’s when something clicked for me and I tried photography. Since I got my first camera, I received a bachelor’s degree in professional photography and spend most of the year traveling the globe and taking photos. It’s been such a treat being able to travel to the places I've dreamed of as a kid. Whether I’m plowing through icebergs in Alaska, shark diving in South Africa, or searching for the unknown somewhere in the world, I draw so much inspiration from the new places I visit and the people I meet along the way.

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What served as your inspiration for this piece and why did you select it for the Incase Artist Series?
The ocean always seems to amuse me. I’m constantly in awe of the totality of its energy and power. The image used for artist series was picked because it shows lots of different details throughout the entire image.

Where are you traveling to next?
Currently, I’m writing this from an airport in Abu Dhabi, UAE. I’ve been working on the road and living out of a suitcase for the last four months straight. I'm happy to say my next stop is my house in California.