Spika recently released their latest camouflage pattern called BIARRI. It was designed at Spika headquarters and is 100% Australian designed and owned.
Biarri translated is to look for or hunt. Biarri to Spika is the culmination of years of experience and passionate involvement in hunting and the outdoors. Our select team of hunters and designers joined forces and embodied the mindset of Biarri ‘To look for or hunt’. To do so they embarked on a two year journey through the vast landscapes of Australia and New Zealand with the ultimate goal of creating a native concealment camouflage pattern, one we now know as Biarri.
Biarri has been designed to take advantage of the “space between”, manipulating elements from our native surroundings into micro and macro layered pattern to produce a mix of texture, depth, natural lighting, colour and shadow. Spika’s Biarri is a unique camouflage pattern that not only imitates the colours and textures of the environments in which we hunt, but it also breaks up your outline. So, Spika has achieved the intended goal of Native Concealment in the creation of Biarri.
The Biarri pattern evolved through a process of learning and testing over time, incorporating the input and feedback of an experienced project team, resulting in the product range now available.
Biarri is informed by nature; any good inventor will tell you that good innovations are inspired by nature’s adaptation, like a bird’s wing for flight or a fish tail for a rudder on a boat. Using this guiding philosophy, the Spika project team used the space around us and the shapes formed by nature to help create Biarri camouflage pattern.
When we observed our bush environment, we saw no dots or pixels. Rather, we saw random organic forms. As a consequence, we extracted forms that naturally occur between the trees, branches, and bush for macro shapes, and looked a little closer at leaves, rock cracks, moss and forest floors for micro elements.
Our reseach complete, we combined our shapes and identified colours, arranging them in a seemingly random way on a micro level, but on a macro level you can see there are clear, hard light areas, all using organic shapes and in a colour spectrum that emulates the variation true to not just our native landscape but also generally around the world. Now the true key to confusion of the unidentified figure is Depth, which is created using a careful and strategic placement of dark and light shapes. Colour varies landscape to landscape, but what is seen in all natural elements and the spaces between formations in all environments around the world is Shape and Depth.
Through our research we came to one statement that summed up our research, ‘Organic Shape Confusion’.
When we add this concept to what we already know about Ungulate vision, and the sub-optimal precision of the game animal’s eye, we identified a weakness and catered towards this weakness in designs that we developed and rigorously tested, These two integral underlying factors were firstly, figure break up and secondly, organic shape echoing.