We caught up with artist and designer Forces Creative, the man supporting the 80s revival in graphic art and print. He’s produced work for Queen of Hoxton, Slothboogie, CC: Disco, and has heaps of exciting projects in the pipeline. Find out what inspires his style below…
Where are you and what have you done today?
I’ve just got home from doing very little… I spent the day sunbathing on Hampstead Heath.
What/Who is your earliest inspiration for your work?
It’s a mixture of things from my childhood. I seem to remember quite a lot from back then and it’s often memories I have from that time that have driven a lot of my ideas. Holidays I had as a kid were a big influence on me too, and insignificant things like my VHS collection and packaging from toys I had really inspired me – I just found the typography and colours really cool. The music my Dad used to play at home was also an influence, I spent a lot of time in front of the TV as a kid which was sat on top of my Dad’s record cupboard where I think a lot of the sleeve designs also stuck in my mind.
Who is your favourite current artist/designer?
I think the guys at La Boca create stunning work, I’ve been a fan for a long time. I’ve got a poster on my wall that they designed for For Festival and the depth and texture in the design is really amazing.
What inspired your latest designs? We love the ‘knitwear catalogue’ feel!
The idea behind those was really just that I wanted to try out some collage-type work. I’ve touched on it before but would like to experiment a bit more with it, hopefully there’ll be more to come!
Where is your favourite hangout in London?
None specifically but I do love a good North London pub, there are too many to mention!
Whats your favourite city in the world?
Ermm, it would have to be a toss-up between New York and Melbourne. Although both are English-speaking cities and probably have a certain amount of similarities with London, I just feel that the culture difference is instantly noticeable and both had me picturing myself living there. Having said that, I will always have a soft spot for good old London.
Describe in 3 words your style?
Nostalgic. Vivid. Pink.
Do you have any new merch in production for this season?
I do, I’m currently working on a range of new t-shirt graphics, excited to get them out there into the world!
Your T-shirt and bag designs are awesome, would you branch out in to any other clothing?
Thank you! I would 100%, in fact I’m working all that out at the moment, perhaps taking a look at clothing for the colder months too, we’ll see!
Whats the next big and exciting project in line for Forces Creative?
Well I’ve just finished a very exciting project but until it has been released, I can’t say much other than you might think it’s cool if you like vintage computer games! Besides that, I’ve got some personal projects on the go that I’ve been meaning to finish for a while, they’ll hopefully be added to the webshop in the near future.
Where can we pick up one of your rad tee’s?
From the shop on my website – forcescreative.com
Lastly, what was the last thing that really made you stop and stare?
I recently spent a few days on the coast in South Devon and some of the views there are gorgeous; pink sunsets, yachts, palms – just my cup of tea!
If you would like to get in touch about potential work you can contact FC at firstname.lastname@example.org