The Rag and Bone Collective are a new breed of creatives from Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. Run by two friends, Lucas Jubb and Damon Stead, Rag and Bone has taken the town by storm in it’s short lifetime. Constantly exploring and creating, Rag and Bone has become a base for street art, live events, fashion, music, film, and the list goes on. What don’t they do? Well so far their creativity seems to know no bounds. I was eager to chat to the lads and find out what’s next for Rag and Bone, and here’s how I got on…
Can you tell me a little bit about yourself, and your work?
–You’ve pushed yourselves with a number of challenging projects in the past, what project/artwork has been the most challenging and why?
– The hardest thing for us at the moment is always funding and finances for the ideas we have. We also don’t have transport so it can be hard 6ft by 8ft drawing boards from place to place for projects. We don’t seem to struggle coming up with ideas, it’s just making them happen that’s hardest.
How do you find time to balance working for the Rag and Bone Collective, with finishing your degree?
– We are currently on a gap year so all of our of time is currently spent working on Rag and Bone. However, whilst we were at uni we spent all of our spare time away from the course working on it.
You’ve collaborated with other creatives/stores in the past. If you could collaborate with anyone in the world, who would it be and why?
– Dead – Keith Haring. He was way ahead of this time, and still very successful with that he did. Alive –
Gola’s campaign is called ‘Born in Britain’. Who or what in British culture today, inspires you in your creative work?
– There are a lot of independent clothing companies we’d like to work with. We like people who put hard work in and be original. It’s very easier for independent clothing companies to copycat some of the big American labels now, so would good to work with a British company who stick to their heritage.
You’ve experimented with many different disciplines throughout your time at Rag and Bone what creative field would you most hope to work in, in the future?
– We plan on having a recognizable series of live art event that we could possibly take around the country. We also plan on launching a clothing label.
Is there any advice you could give for other creative students looking to start their own collectives or businesses?
– Just spend as much time on it as you can. Be creative as often as possible.
What future projects has Rag and Bone got up its sleeve for our readers to keep an eye out for?
– We are about to launch a clothing range and also our own monthly live art night.
Finally, anything else you’d like to say to our readers?
– Tuna is well over priced. Even when it’s half price it’s still like £1 a can. However to be fair in like three years time they do say that the Bluefin tuna will be extinct. So in all fairness you should probably try eating some form of different fish.
Like what you’re reading? Then head over to the Rag and Bone Facebook page or their Website where you can be the first to know of any news, releases and upcoming projects. With a clothing range ready to launch, and other projects in the pipeline, I think we’ll be seeing a lot more of these guys.
Speak to you soon!