From Dublin to metropolises  –  Dublin may or may not be the next city to look out for when searching for creative talent. The multidisciplinary duo Christian and Duigy are virtually spuming creativity, at the top of their agenda: synthesizing multiple mediums to fulfill their creative vision. Initially, the two have found themselves capturing skate park scenes on film, then lensing musicians and eventually touring with them across the world. Just the beginning – during the course of their careers Christian and Duigy also delved into producing music separate from each other, both accidentally kind of went apart and ended up back in the same place. That’s kind of how ‚Volleyball‘ was birthed as they reveal to TUSH; and no, we’re not talking sports. Volleyball is the creative brand under which the duo launches it’s  ‚Volleyball‘ – pendant with celebrated jewelry designer Katie Mullally.
Check out the campaign they did with 46A Productions down below.
A: You guys are quite the multitaskers if you will. Do you ever get overwhelmed with all the things you do?
C: We were having this conversation the other day. I think we’re both, cursed with this thing where we see something and our first reaction is like, oh, that’s amazing how can we do something like that? So I don’t know if it’s an overwhelming thing.
D: From the time I was a child, I’ve always just been crazy into, art and expression in any sense. From hanging out in skate parks, I grew interested in graffiti and doing videos which then led up to photography. I never looked at them early in my life as potential careers. Photography just ended up becoming my career, kind of like by accident. I don’t think of myself as a photographer. I’m just a person who sometimes expresses myself through photography, but sometimes I express myself through music and sometimes make jewelry, and that’s kind of how it is.
C: Yes, it doesn’t feel like there are a million things going on that once they all feel connected. I suppose because there are different mediums, it looks like we’re jumping a lot, but I think there’s a singular vision that it all kind of falls into, so it doesn’t feel like we’re jumping around at all
A: A lot of the things you’re doing are connected through a common theme, how did Volleyball come about?
D: To us, Volleyball just represents the combination of what both of us are interested in creatively. And once we had a kind of an ecosystem around what we wanted volleyball to be, all of those things like jewelry and music and video and everything kind of just are different ways to serve that middle thing, you know what I mean? And that kind of made it less overwhelming. Does that make sense?
A: You know how to work a lot of mediums, are there projects where you’d be happy for someone else to take over one of these roles?
D: I think the video we did with 46A Productions is a great example of that. It took both of us a second to get used to the idea that we weren’t doing or documenting everything ourselves. We kind of stood back as producers on the video, so I think that was kind of the first time it was like, Oh, this is something we are building for us that is not as hands-on as we are used to, which I think is definitely liberating in a way because it’s great to have other people’s visions.
A: Why Volleyball and how did the idea come about?
C: We both were kind of fed up with people not taking it seriously when we told them about ideas and things we wanted to realize, especially because of the fact that we were doing so much already. We’re very inspired by people who do several different things or have paved their way in one lane and then switched. People like Rihanna or Kanye and even sports people; like the fact that Michael Jordan quit the NBA at the height of his career to play baseball, we were, like, saying jokingly, oh, if he wanted to play volleyball, he could have.
A: You’re also launching a very special piece of jewelry with Katie Mullally, how did that come about?
C: I followed her work on Instagram because I thought it was cool to see her use Irish coins to make jewelry. We met up and naturally started telling her about what we were doing. We’d been messing with the idea of making volleyballs out of all different materials like concrete and glass, and then I’d done a design of a gold volleyball. She said she could make one and we kind of looked at each other because we initially were like, I wonder, would it be possible to get two necklaces made? And she was like, let’s do a whole run of them and do a collaboration.
D: Katie is great. Her stuff is amazing. Like, she’s built a business over the last not so long, and it’s flying. Just shows good storytelling and quality materials. It goes a long way very quickly.
C: Music is obviously a core part of it, and we wanted to make sure that when we released merchandise or jewelry or anything around the music, we didn’t want it to feel just like band merch. Like you get on a gig that’s, printed on, like, a really terrible quality T-shirt. We wanted Volleyball to be seen as a luxury brand where if you walked into a shop and you saw our stuff on a rail, you go you buy it based on the quality even if you didn’t know our music. That’s why Katie’s vision was perfectly in line with what we wanted to do.
Jakob Lemme & Ruairi Bradley
Thomas Purdy at 46A Productions
Daniel Sedgwick
Jakob Lemme
Francis Ugbah
Amy McNamara
Christian Tierney, Cia Duignan, Katie Mullally
Afra Ugurlu
Juni 24, 2022
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