How does a fashion designer carve out a career in The Perth Mint design studio?
Meet Lucas Bowers, who’s doing exactly that.
Having completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Perth’s Curtin University, Lucas found a unique opening in the graphic design sector that allowed him to specialise in illustration and painting, and soon discovered a niche in the fashion scene.
Even though it sounds far-fetched, the work proved to be a perfect segue into coins.
“Through fashion I was becoming more and more involved with designing for metal – cuff links, belt-buckles, brooches – that kind of thing,” he explains. “I found the challenges and possibilities of the medium extremely exciting.
“I’ve also had a long-standing fascination with coins and other historical artforms, so when the opportunity came up to join the design studio at an organisation with as long and prestigious a history as The Perth Mint, I jumped at the chance.”
Now, coin collectors are starting to see the fruits of Lucas’s considerable skills.
Two of his earliest coin creations are available this month in the form of the 2018 Lunar Good Fortune Two-Coin Set.
One of the Mint’s most consistently popular Chinese themed products, the annual release is renowned for its highly detailed artistic style.
To celebrate the Year of the Dog, Lucas produced brilliant illustrations of a rottweiler and a border collie, each placed within a collection of beautifully rendered motifs signifying either ‘wealth’ or ‘wisdom’.
Impressing colleagues with his ability, passion and direction, Lucas has made a seamless transition to the world of coin designing.
Now he’s applying his fresh ideas and creative talents to some innovative and exciting new collections which promise to bring a whole new dimension to Australian coins!