CBLOXX & Aylo
CBLOXX: I was always creative but didn’t excel at anything in school. I couldn’t find my way with art in an academic sense so basically just worked a series of dull jobs in retail and then Youth work. Being in bands was also my thing for a while but you have to rely on people having the same vision for that to be successful. Street art was a release for me and I finally had somewhere to put my art and I only had myself to answer to. When Nomad Clan formed it gave us double the energy and ambition to propel ourselves.
Aylo: I never really set out to become a professional street artist. I didn’t realise it was a thing! It was an interest and hobby while I was in my 20’s until I opened a spray paint shop in Manchester. The shop sustained me for five years but never really satisfied me. Nomad Clan works in part because we have confidence in each other and we have a vision for our shared futures. I think everything I have experienced in my life had lead to this point, each weird twist and turn has brought me here – I sound like a hippy! Nomad Clan was definitely the most significant career moment, but in terms of creative influence I would have to say some of my personal life hurdles definitely shape my work in general.
We both started working ten years ago separately trying to carve out a creative career in street art/graff. It was only three years ago we began working together as Nomad Clan. So many things have influenced us stylistically as a crew… collaborating was pivotal for us as our styles were majorly different from each other. We were at two completely different ends of the spectrum with our styles and this made it really exciting when it came to fusing the two together.
The location of the mural is a very important part of our creative process. The environment that the piece sits often offers context. We find that unusual nuggets of stories, folklore, heritage, societal issues jump out at us which generates the foundations for what exactly we will paint. Then out comes the sketchbook.
We just got back from painting a crazy mural in Lodz, Poland which is an incredible city full of murals. We worked for Urban Forms who have been leading the way in giant mural art since 2009. It was an honour and a privilege to be invited to add to the legacy of the street art scene in Lodz, because it was painted on the side of an amazing old textiles mill which has huge significance to the people of Lodz. We painted Mokosz, who is a Slavic goddess from traditional Polish Folklore, she was a life giving force and protector of women.
Hit the North was our first time in Belfast and from what we can see here the creative scene is really thriving! We love the work of Connor Harrington so we were thrilled when we saw his piece on Hill Street around the corner from our wall.
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