As a continuation of their long-running creative partnership, Element recently asked Los Angeles artist Timber! to work with them on a new capsule collection for Fall 2014. Guided by the artist's frontier-inspired artwork, the new range centers around four core pieces – a selvedge denim jean, a coverall jacket, a work shirt and a work jacket – each of which corresponds to a different character from the Timber! universe: The Keeper, The Bygone, The Faller and The Trader. In addition to these, an array of T-shirts, sweats, hats, five skateboards and two sheepskin-lined Preston shoes flesh out the offering to well over 20 pieces, each of which features classic characters such as the Native American Chief, The Lumberjacks and the beer swilling Raccoon.

To celebrate the launch of the collaborative collection, the #bootbeertour stops in a number of cities across September and October for a range of exciting events. Attendees dressed as workmen are invited to become part of Timber's bar scene, while everyone has the chance to win their favorite Element x Timber! garment and a Polaroid camera from the Impossible Project in selected stores. Make sure to drop by if you find yourself in GentMilanLyonParis or Paris's Bestreet Weeknd. Ahead of the first of these parties in Gent, we called on Timber! for a little chat about the new project.

Your work is clearly inspired by the woodlands. Has this always been the case?

Actually, many years ago my art was completely random. It was only when I started working under the name Timber! that the woodland theme really took hold.

When did you start to develop the characters that now feature so prominently across your work?

I've been developing and evolving my characters ever since the early days, and I keep adding more. For me, story is very important. I was never really interested in doing just standalone art; I like to connect everything with a narrative.

Tell us about The Faller, The Bygone, The Keeper and The Trader. Are they based on any real life characters you’ve met? Do you have a favorite?

I guess they are all based on different parts of my personality. So, since they're all really the same person, I don't have a favorite. They are all equally my children!

How long have you been working with Element, and how did that first come about?

I’ve been working with Element for eight years now. It all started when a friend of mine was interning there and was wearing one of my shirts in the office. The art director saw it and decided right away they wanted me to do some more stuff for them. From there it just kept growing and getting better!

How does your creative process change when working on clothing and apparel as opposed to producing regular artworks?

Sometimes they are not that different. I think regular artwork is, for me, less structured because it contains no branding. When I'm designing a T-shirt graphic I tend to use a lot of symmetry. Then again, my regular artworks can feed directly into the design of new apparel. For example, if I did a large painting I could then base a series of T-shirts on it. I try to make each part feed into the other.

Did you have any involvement in developing the clothing side of the collection?

I'm no clothing designer. My drawings were involved in the process – all the pieces were made to fit with them somehow – and I designed all the detailing, labels, and tags for the collection. Outside of that, I don't mess with the structure of anything.

Being as you work so closely with wood and the world of forestry, do you feel a spiritual connection to denim?

Sometimes. Except, maybe, when it gets too hot!

How much denim is it Ok to wear at once? Double? Triple? Quadruple?

(laughs) Whatever floats your boat I guess!

Your work is about to go on tour around Europe. If you weren’t an artist, do you think you would’ve ended up as one of the people in your BOOTBEER bar scene? If so, which one?

I'm in there already! Just like I explained earlier, they're all really me...

The #elementxtimber Fall 2014 capsule collection drops online October 1 and is available to purchase via the Element website. For a deeper look at the backstory behind this collaboration, check out the video below.

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