Artist William Francis Green, better known as WFG, is no stranger to collaborations. Having already collaborated with Stone Island, Peter De Potter and musician Mura Masa as well as landing a stocking deal with Shoreditch cult streetwear retailer EJDER, this week the Central Saint Martins graduate is set to reveal yet another heavyweight partnership with Nike.
Reimagining the brand’s iconic Air Force 1s for the styles’ thirty-fifth anniversary, the edition incorporates materials such as reactive paper and nylon and feature WFG’s signature coloured wiring attached via stitched loops to create unique patterns.
According to WFG, there are about ten different pairs in circulation amongst various friends, artists and musicians of the designer.
“I take a lot of my surface design inspiration from art nouveau works, notably William Morris, and celtic patterns,” says Green. “I hand embellished all of them myself, the same way I did with my collection. The woven shock cord was a technique I developed within my graduate collection, I just decided to apply this same concept to the Air Force, translating it into a more decorative context with the use of tapestry and embroidery techniques. I want as much of my work as possible coming directly from me and not being mass reproduced by someone who has no relationship with the work. ”