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A muted illustration that includes a fish and a skeleton.

The Origin Collection

Available exclusively in the Varyer Shop

The Origin Collection we designed exclusively for our shop represents some of our favorite iconographies as a creative studio: emboldening instances where unexpected things meet.

The collection includes a bandana, two Nalgene water bottles, and a pair of shorts, all designed by Becca Christman.

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A photo of two water bottles, terra-cotta colored shorts, and a blue bandana.

Destruction and growth are two sides of the same coin, intrinsically linked, one non-existent without the other.

Design inspiration began with a meditation on the link between evolution and decay, and the reality of eventual (self) destruction that looms present in our modern epoch, but arguably within all instances of existential self-referentialism. What does it mean to be human? How did we get here? Where is it all going?

A meme of the first fish to evolve on land.

Stirred by imagery that embodied the dialectic between growth and decay, we explored the mix of negative and positive emotions associated with the cycle.

Recurring symbols and motifs include and drew inspiration from:

✦ Medieval star charts

✦ Art Nouveau

✦ Burning yourself with a match vs. Erasing a page

A sketchbook of written and illustrated notes.
An illustration of a fish reads "If you see a horrid beast evolving...stop them! Push it back in!"
Three people wearing the same pair of shorts stand side by side, with the Chicago skyline in the background.
An illustration of a skeleton looking at a smartphone.
Two Varyer-branded Nalgene water bottles.

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