Thomas Forsyth is an artist and designer currently living in London. Here, he talks about the importance of communication and keeping your cool.
Thomas Forsyth graduated from Brighton University (opens in new tab) in Wood, Metal, Ceramics and Plastics and has worked with the likes of Gaymers (opens in new tab), The House of Fairy Tales (opens in new tab) and Favela Chic (opens in new tab). But what makes him 'tick'?
Tell us, what inspires you?
Weird materials, tools, components, processes, fairy tales, secret compartments, psychology, people, music... Just focusing on what interests or inspires you or your clients and expressing it through your skill set.
What are your biggest challenges?
Managing/helping with communications between different parties involved in projects (making sure people are on the same page and understand each other). I've started to think that a vast proportion of things going wrong probably stems from simple, innocent miscommunication. When your passion also turns into your job, you start needing to find additional new hobbies and ways of relaxing.
Another challenge is reminding myself how important it is to take enough time to relax and rest.
What's the best creative tool you've used recently?
Communication... or the Dewalt palm router (opens in new tab).(opens in new tab)
What do you enjoy most about your job?
It's pretty much impossible for one person or company to know every single thing there is to know about 'making things'. I think it's the variety, the never-ending learning, honing of skills, the possibilities, it makes me excited. Along with meeting some awesome people and using dangerous tools.
Got any tips for our readers?
- Be yourself. If no one is giving you a job, don't worry, it may be because you need to make your own.
- Regularly reassess where your skills lie and what it is that's really making you happy.
Check out more videos from Thomas Forsyth on his Vimeo (opens in new tab) page.
You can view the rest of Thomas' work and contact him at www.thomasforsyth.co.uk (opens in new tab).