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Emily Forgot

Illustrator, artist and designer Emily Forgot’s sources of inspiration are as diverse as her portfolio of talents. She explains, “I started off in illustration and I’ve been working in that sort of area for the last fifteen years. Throughout that I’ve branched out into different areas, I’ve gone wherever interesting opportunities have been, but also with a bit of direction from myself. Now I make more art pieces, alongside doing commercial jobs with a client.” Having left London in January 2019, Emily and her partner now live by the sea, in Broadstairs.

Here she shares some of her favourite videos on the internet:

New York Magazine Design Hunting: Interior Lives 3 MINUTES

Emily Forgot: I’ve really like Gaetano Pesce, as soon as I found his work it just immediately struck a chord with me. I think it has a serious amount of playfulness about it. I like design that’s got character and humanity in it. The things that resonate more with me are the things that are more emotional and human and fun, and his work is definitely that. It has a sense of humour about it. Sometimes, when things don’t take themselves too seriously they are not considered capable of standing the test of time, or as good design—there’s that school of thinking—whereas I like designers like Pesce, and other movements that have been about that moment in time. Everything goes in circles and gets revisited, and it was relevant for that moment. Things come about for different reasons, and I like his work for that element. I really admire when people make their homes look exactly like themselves, like a self-portrait.

Triadic Ballet by Oskar Schlemmer 30 MINUTES

EF: I like looking at things from the past and seeing a bravery in doing it in the first place—this is unusual now, so imagine it back in the 1920s. That appeals, and also the playfulness that is serious, which is almost always what I’m trying to achieve in what I do. That tension between something serious and playful is very creative. The costumes are amazing and the geometric forms are something that appeals to me. I think sometimes people think of the Bauhaus as quite a serious school, but I think they were really fun. Look at the photos of the parties they used to hold and the costumes they’d wear, that was a great education. It’s about the aesthetic of it, and the courage to create something like this is impressive. Imagine what the traditions were and what people were used to seeing in terms of ballet, they took it in a whole new direction. That’s what interests me.

NOWNESS In Residence Ep18: Xavier Corbero 5 MINUTES

EF: It’s amazing. Imagine living like that. Imagine imagining something like that, then making it happen, then existing inside it. Inside your own imagination, basically. It’s incredible and this is really moving. I would love to do a series myself where I nose round people’s houses, like Through The Keyhole, but cooler. Something rough round the edges, moseying around someone’s bookshelf. A house is like a self-portrait of a person that nobody really gets to see.

The Voices of East Harlem: Live at Sing Sing Prison, 1972 12 MINUTES

EF: I think we only have a certain amount of space in our heads to be geeky about things, and I think I’m geeky about design and interiors and architecture, but my partner’s true geekery is music, and I’m really lucky because we share a home together I’m always exposed to really great music. We’ve always got a good playlist in the studio, and we actually have a night in the pub where we play records together. He’s really a great collector, and he introduced me to The Voices of East Harlem. It’s really heartwarming when creativity lifts your spirits. Sometimes I wonder, what’s creativity for? But imagine what the world would be without music? How horrible would that me? I think this is just really affirming of that, it’s just so amazing and uplifting, and I really like that video in particular because it’s in the prison, and when they take their jackets off they have really great t-shirts on.

Mr. W 2 MINUTES

EF: I can’t remember how I found this, but it’s had a lot of views so it must’ve done the rounds. I think it’s great. I came into design doing graphics and illustration, and I think I always knew that advertising wasn’t necessarily where I wanted to put my creativity, but then when you see things like this, you’re reminded what really good advertising is. I think it appeals to me because I like things that have a humanity about them, and here they’re giving the wind a personality. It’s very well-conceived, the way he is, the way they make him look, the music, the shots.

NOWNESS Directors’ Cuts: “Become Microscope” by Aaron Rose 24 MINUTES

EF: I just love Corita Kent. I’ve known about her for a long time but I went to see an exhibition of her work at the Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft. I’ve never really felt like I’ve had a mentor, so watching that film and hearing from the people she taught made me think how great it must’ve been to have someone like that, someone so encouraging, in your life. It actually really makes me think it would be nice to teach. I don’t know why but this film makes me really emotional, every time I watch it I cry. I always thought if I did teach, what would I teach? Sometimes I can’t even explain what I do. But just teaching creativity in the more general sense, which is almost what she did, is teaching people to see in a different way—teaching people to see beauty in the everyday—and I think actually when you are creative, that’s all it is, but it’s a real privilege to have that ability. It makes me quite emotional.

Jean-Paul Goude: Love, Money, God 20 MINUTES

EF: This is brilliant, isn’t it? It’s very much about life, through talking about his work, but it is just really honest about life. So much of it really resonates with me. I like how he talks about his childhood. It’s interesting to hear about his passion for dance, and you can really see it in his work. Once you tap into something that you are passionate about, that comes through your work, once you’ve found that sensibility, that’s when it’s something authentic. I think that’s really hard to tap into now because we’re so exposed to imagery, constantly bombarded with stuff. The people that create work that has something more are coming from an authentic place, from another passion. I really like the way he talks about that. There’s so many points. I like the way he talks about money, about commercial work and doing things just for the money, and how we can’t do it because he needs to believe in it. That’s definitely something that I can relate to, probably to my detriment, it’s usually always the passion and interest as a priority, then fingers crossed maybe the money jobs will come. I don’t think I would be happy any other way and I really like the way he spoke about that.

Follow Emily on Instagram at @emilyforgot, or visit emilyforgot.co.uk

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