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COLLECTIVE HOPE

Collaboration No. 25

In Conversation With

x Tim Meakins

Jack Forrest

February 8, 2021

All we can do in these troubling times is stick together and support one another, while staying socially distanced, of course! We chat to Jack and Tim about the importance of fun personal work for our mental health and getting outside away from our devices, even if it's just pulling weeds or hosing off your front driveway.

© Jack Forrest
CH

Hi Jack and Tim. Thanks for chatting with us! How are you both?


JF 

Hey! I’m doing great. 


TM

I’m great, zero complaints just hanging in Perth, WA. 

CH

Could you tell us a bit about your creative practice?


JF

I work professionally within branding but in my spare time I love creating and sharing posters featuring all manner of text and image. I tend to make posters with a strong typographic element paired with some kind of visual whether it be a photograph that I’ve come across or one of my illustrations. The best way I’ve thought of to describe it is “aligning big letters with pretty pictures.” I try to make the posters colourful, engaging and fun with a consistent consideration of alignment and overall compositional balance.



TM

My design practice has transitioned into my art practice but always connects back to design fundamentals. I am starting to fully separate the two which feels good, almost thinking in two different ways. My art practice mainly revolves around 3D design and the fabrication of sculptures. 

My design practice focuses on brand and visual identity work, I collaborate consistently with NYC designer and long time friend Simran Singh on projects in a larger scope under TERMSOFSERVICE. I enjoy having fun with both practices and try not to take anything too seriously. Make a bit of art as a side thing and design as a full-time work type of thing.

CH

How has COVID-19, or even just the year 2020, impacted your creativity and mental wellbeing? What are you looking forward to in 2021?


TM

Being in Perth, we haven’t been affected the way other countries and states did, I consider us very lucky and it was pretty much business as usual. I took a lot of time to disconnect, spend time with my partner and play heaps of video games. A couple of projects had to be pushed back which was disappointing but time flies, so this is where we are now. Got some biiig stuff in 2021.

JF 

To echo Tim’s point, Sydney was also hardly affected by the pandemic with the main change being a shift towards remote working. As a result, I was spending endless hours trapped at home which gave me the chance to do more personal work. I think this had a really positive effect on my creative work and, to a certain extent, my mental wellbeing as I spent more time doing work that I really enjoyed. I’m looking forward to translating the fun of this personal work into my professional work over the coming months.

© Tim Meakins
© Jack Forrest
© Tim Meakins
CH

What have you changed in your life lately to make it more enjoyable?


JF 

Dunno! Besides doing more fun personal work, I did start going for afternoon walks around my local neighbourhood to try break up the days. There was something really satisfying about walking without any real purpose – no checking directions or train times. I’m also on a mission to make the perfect tomato pasta… I’ll let you know when I get there.



TM

I recently got married to my partner of seven years and we bought a house together which we have been renovating for a year now. Gave me a project to consistently chip away at, learn and spend days on end working outside. A good way to get off the computer. My Dad is a furniture designer and all-around savage, so he is teaching me processes and how to renovate. Has been nice having my Dad around more and learn his trade, only thing the man gets hungry so I need to make him lunch.

CH

As an industry, how do you think we can better support creatives and their mental health? How do we bring about collective hope?


JF 

As an industry, there’s an expectation that you can never switch off and that you should always be trying to think of the next best thing. And because of that, we fall into the habit of thinking about a problem too hard. Everything becomes about finding that solution and when you can’t find it, it sucks. It’s often only when we take a step back and reevaluate that we come up with the best concepts and executions – this isn’t encouraged as much as it should be.

Also to my point earlier, I think personal work is a great thing for the mental health of creatives. More studios should actively encourage and facilitate designers in their personal projects.

TM

I think it’s about talking, communicating, and understanding each other. Most designers (including me) work pretty independently, which has an impact on your social life and other connections. Also, get outside and away from your phone/computer/tv. Legit just do something, even if it’s pulling weeds or hosing off your front driveway.

CH

Lastly, what has working on this project meant to you?


JF 

Yeah it’s been good fun! Was great to be matched with a fellow Aussie and see how our two styles merged together for this little cheerful submission.



TM

It’s been fun, was quite relaxing not feeling like the problem had to be solved by yourself, someone is else out there trying to figure it out too. 

Jack Forrest

Tim Meakins

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