Flair |fler| 1. A special or instinctive aptitude or ability for doing something well.
Lately I've been enjoying more and more collage artists and I seem to not get enough of them, so with that said, I asked the anonymous creative duos from Frank Moth to be a part of today's flair :) Funny part about this interview is that I never found out their actual names... their true to their brand and I respect that!
In a few sentences describe yourself and what you do.
The main person behind Frank Moth has been designing for years. He is self-taught and has been an art director of a music-curating website, designed the website of a web radio and he has a wide portfolio of artistic posters, band covers and music mixes. Frank Moth was created as a new effort with his significant other. We make mostly digital collages, with an obvious vintage and retrofuturistic direction. Sometimes we stray from that pattern to create some designs a bit more austere with fewer colors and minimal feeling.
How did you first get into collage? What’s your favorite part about it?
Collage was something that came naturally. Frank Moth’s early compositions involved the synthesis of different pictures to serve the purpose needed at the time. So collage inevitably evolved into today’s designs. The charming part about collage is that when you practice it, you then see every picture, old photo, or color hues with different eyes. You are just constantly thinking about new color palettes and combinations - makes your mind work in a different speed.
Do you have any creative heroes that you admire & have inspired you? Who & How?
Yes, definitely. Mark Weaver is one of the greatest artists of a kind; his work is tremendously inspirational. We believe all collage artists have something to learn from him. He is not the only one that we admire; Douglas Hales' collages are brilliant, and Jazberry Blue who is not a collagist but we love his designs and color pallette.
You have a very distinctive illustrative style. How did it evolve?
Well, this is a difficult question to answer. We do not fully recognize the references that have led up to our present design formula. They have to do with our experiences and feelings; we think the changes sometimes really shows through our work.
What is your favorite piece of work you have done and why?
Hm... our favorite piece. Tough. We change favorites from time to time. One of the designs that has a special place in our heart is “Portrait”, because it was the first one we printed and hung in our house, it has a sentimental significance.
Do you have a dream/goal that you wish to aspire?
Yes, of course we do. We want to get around to making some analogue work in the collage spectrum. We have made an effort so far, but we are not ready just yet.
Based in Athens, how is your work influenced by the city’s culture?
Well, since we have lived in this city for several years, it has grown within us as far as the culture and everyday life goes. We have been walking around, gathering experiences and living under these specific urban sounds, which has definitely affected the way we create, but with a certain subtleness. By that we mean that our inspiration does not come directly from Athens as the entity of the city (like taking inspitation from the Acropolis) rather than a cityscape with people and patterns of sound, life and feelings that we are a part of. Do we even make sense?
If you could live and work anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
That is a question that has a different answer for each of the two of us. Half of Frank Moth would heartily say New York or Tokyo, which are rightfully the epicenters of many arts and sciences. The other half would say London.
Early bird or night owl?
Early bird would be the answer to that. We are way past the days of when we were night owls.