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The Interview - Frederic Forest

To open the ball of our Friday Interviews, Eyes on Talents is inviting Frederic Forest #fredericforest – designer and worldwide star illustrator – to speak about creation.

Five questions, five answers to discover one of the best creative you need to know. A creative, who recently covered the @Paris Fashion Week SS 2018 Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode / Paris Fashion Week, being the guest of famous photographer Nick Knight and his amazing SHOWstudio.

Read below and discover the 4 smashing drawings that Frederic Forest has accepted to share generously for Eyes on Talents.

- What does creation means for you? « Creation delivers an uncommon answer… ».

- From Design to Drawing, how do you swap from one to the other? Any boundaries? « My artwork is about drawing. My main focus is Design. Actually, I love all of them; there is not a favourite one. Each field gives a new look on the other one and feeds them all; because they are also very different: drawing stops on the paper, although paper is just a beginning of design. Drawing is always part of the design job. It is the first kind of word. Then it becomes several sentences then writing answers. Then it is something else, renderings, models and then in reality: a product. But besides that, I draw for myself, after a busy day, when everyone sleeps in the house. It is without expectation, just to change subject and to think about something else ».

- How did the collaboration between Nick Knight and you come about? « Nick Knight called me last summer proposing to me the idea that I should illustrate the SS18 Paris Fashion Week with his SHOWstudio. I admire his artwork and I was absolutely free. He wanted me to not restrict myself, and not try to render a faithful replication of the clothes, but to illustrate instead, my perception of the fashion, through somewhat abstract and emotional responses instead of an accurate depiction of the clothing itself. I think my linear drawing and my ability to interpret the world around me was what mostly touched him. The deal has never been to illustrate all the fashion shows nor any clothes. Nick just wanted what he said in words: “we want to see your real honest style as it is so beautiful”. From that collaboration, we have posted a selection of drawings on their tumblr and homepage during the PFW. Now, some of them are exhibited in their new gallery and on sale in Covent Garden London and e-store ».

- What catches your attention in creation today? « Too many people are interested about art and fashion because of money, and only that. However an expensive piece of art is not necessarily a good one. That’s why too many artists and fashion designers recycle old concepts, just to make them bigger… Meanwhile, I deeply follow the work of Dries van Noten, JACQUEMUS, Studio La Fétiche, Caroline Denervaud's art, the new Academic Art Scene, Jungjin Lee ‘s photography, Remy Lonvis Maud, Pierre Even, the design work of Delcourt Christophe and Eric Schmidt, the design firms Archimobilier and Collection Particulière. And far beyond, the choreographers Wayne McGregor & Angelin Preljocaj, the star ballet dancer Dorothée Gilbert, Pierre Hardy, Radiohead... ».

- Finally, let’s talk about your dreams, as a creative and human being? « Joker! The list of my dreams is quite long and I want to have the time to realize them all, privately. Dreams remain our best secrets ».

About Frederic Forest : Graduated in 2002 from ENSCI École nationale supérieure de création industrielle in Paris, Frederic Forest worked alongside the leather consultant Jocelyne Imbert on projects for Cartier leather goods. In 2000, he left France for Italy and for the Adidas Advanced Design Studio in Montebelluna, where he designed for the brand’s high-end sports shoes range. For international luxury firms, he used his approach to develop inventive solutions for brand image, visual identity and product design. In 2008, after various experiences working with designers Ronan & Erwan Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance and Jean-Marie Massaud on product and space design projects with a high technological and artistic content, he set up with Clémentine Giaconia their own design studio, FRST and their eponymous studio Forest & Giaconia.