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DIY DOC’S: MOLLY FORRESTER

In DIY Docs, we take a look at how illustrators, artists and designers put their stamp on Dr. Martens shoes. Painting, tattooing or de-constructing – we’re giving them the creative freedom to express themselves off of the canvas.

Meet our next DIY Docs artist, Camberwell student Molly Forrester, who has customised our White Kiev Backpack. Find out more about her work and what she stands for below:

Molly Forrester.
Molly Forrester. Photography by Oliver O’Callaghan.

Introduce yourself:
Hi, I’m Molly I am in my second year studying BA illustration at Camberwell College of Arts. I am from Liverpool but I am currently living in London.

Who or what do you take inspiration from?
I am lucky to be surrounded by very creative friends, who study other creative subjects both here in London and in Liverpool. I love to contrast life at home in Liverpool compared with living in the capital. I take inspiration from childlike illustrations as they are expressive and have an innocent feel.

An example of Molly's artwork based on Wang Hunlan.
An example of Molly’s artwork based on Wang Hunlan. Photography by Oliver O’Callaghan.

Do you have an illustration or project you’re most proud of?
My last major project at uni was based on Wang Hanlun. I created a 16 page book drawing out events within her life. I took an abstract approach within this project using colours and shapes to resemble her culture as a Chinese actress.
I have recently also been working on a new brief, in which I had to metaphorically create my own library. I decided to produce my work using clay, building my own library by creating objects I need and use everyday.

An example of Molly's work -
An example of Molly’s work – a metaphoric library. Photography by Oliver O’Callaghan.

Talk us through your customised Dr. Martens, was it a challenge working on a bag?
I have produced a similar style to the Wang Hanlun project, creating abstract brush strokes using acrylic paint. I wanted to be quite simple with the design, adding detailed splashes of colour to limited areas. This kind portrays my style of work but also my choice of fashion. It was challenging painting onto the bag at first because I was scared of making any mistakes, but when I got into it, it just felt like a blank canvas for paint!

Molly illustrated on the White Kiev Backpack.
Molly illustrated on the White Kiev Backpack. Photography by Oliver O’Callaghan.

Name three tracks you can’t hear enough of:
1. Daisy – Laura Marling
2. Up from below – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
3. Undertow – Warpaint

If you could have any super-power, what would it be?
I would love to be able to fly so would never have to use public transport ever again, haha.

Molly illustrated on the White Kiev Backpack.
Molly illustrated on the White Kiev Backpack. Photography by Oliver O’Callaghan.

Tell us your favourite thing about the city you live in:
Even though I am currently living in London, I will always consider Liverpool as my home. If you are ever up north by the docks, I would suggest going to the Bluecoat Gallery ‘Home of contemporary arts’ where I once exhibited my work. Also Lark Lane is full of cute little shops, independent restaurants and tiny galleries.

Molly illustrated on the White Kiev Backpack.
Molly illustrated on the White Kiev Backpack. Photography by Oliver O’Callaghan.

Tell us about your first pair of Dr. Martens:
I got my first pair of Dr. Martens when I was 15, they were Black boots with yellow and pink tiny flowers on. My best friend actually had the same pair as me and we would turn up matching on many occasions! I’ve had a few pairs since then, and I can’t take my current ones off. When I think of DM’s I automatically think of high quality, authentic footwear. My docs are a staple in my wardrobe.

Molly illustrated on the White Kiev Backpack.
Molly illustrated on the White Kiev Backpack. Photography by Oliver O’Callaghan.

If you could collaborate with anyone dead or alive, who would it be?
I’d love to work with Laura Marling, creating artwork for a new album of hers! I think we would get along really well.

And finally, what do you stand for?
I just like really cute things!