This month The Trove is featuring Hot Yoghurt – read our Q&A with newly formed screenprinting duo John and Nic below to discover more about their work, how they develop their ideas into a final product and what we can expect to see added to their shop in the future.
(Image by Hot Yoghurt – PROBLEM? t-shirt)
Tell me a little about yourselves and how Hot Yoghurt formed.
JB: Hello. We are Hot Yoghurt, a Cambridge based screenprinting two piece. We formed in 2015 through of a love of words and a general confusion of modern day life. We thought we’d have a go at screenprinting because it smells great, it’s hands on and if people on acid in the 60’s could do it then how hard can it be?
Describe your style in 5 words.
JB: Kind of alright, not bad.
(Image by Hot Yoghurt – John & Nic)
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
N: In terms of illustration I’m inspired by lettering of all kinds, traditional signwriting, illustrators like Jonny Hannah and Jeff Fisher, Grayson Perry, Jeremy Deller…
Could you tell me a little more about one of your items?
N: The ‘love is…’ tote bag is maybe my favourite. It’s a collection of fridge magnet words formed into a bleak philosophical phrase by John which I drew with Indian ink. I found these old circular hand painted signs with leaf decorations that I really liked. The phrase seemed to fit into an emblem pretty neatly. Silk screen printing is a process of light and dark, basically. Coating the screen, exposing it, washing the design out, it all takes a few days, so when we’ve printed a run of t-shirts/bags and washed the design off, it’s gone forever. It’s very limited edition.
(Image by Hot Yoghurt – LOVE IS… tote bag)
What designs or products do you have planned for future release?
N: More t-shirts and bags with introspective and semi-witty quotes on that hopefully resonate with other introspective semi-witty people who don’t want to wear t-shirts that say ‘believe in your selfie’.
JB: Tea towels and dressing gowns.
How do you keep yourself informed about what is going on within the art / design world, in Cambridgeshire and further afield?
JB: We’re both quite rubbish when it comes to social media because we’re not very interesting people and our dinners always look terrible, but things like Twitter and Instagram are essential for stalking interesting arty people who you can pretend you’re friends with.
(Image by Hot Yoghurt – Workspace)
(Image by Hot Yoghurt – Illustration)
Are you a member of any local art groups?
N: We are both affiliated with filmmaking collective Project Trident, who are good friends and creative masterminds, and we often meet as freelancers to work on projects together and talk about creative stuff in general – films, pens, slagging off the taxman, etc etc.
JB: I volunteer for a club in Cambridge for kids with disabilities called Total Arts, and this year we will be teaching them how to do a bit of screenprinting, which will be great fun and hopefully quite messy.
Where can people find your work?
JB: We have a big cartel shop where we sell our stuff and you can stare blankly at Nic’s lovely illustration on her website. We’d love to have some kind of stall at an arts and crafts fair or market, get out of the darkroom and into the light. Then I guess the natural progression after that is world domination and Mondays off. You can follow us on social media – SHOP | TUMBLR | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | NIC’S WEBSITE
Thank you to Hot Yoghurt for completing our Q&A! We absolutely love the style of their work as well as their ethos, are amazed by what they have achieved since starting out last year and cannot wait to see what they bring out next. Please go and check out all of their links above and leave a comment below to let us know you’ve been by!