A week about print (pss... check out our printed picks if you haven't already) couldn't pass without bringing up our friend, Kindah Khalidy. We met Kindah (@kindahkhalidy) a while back through a designer friend, and immediately fell in love with her work. Her Crayola-hued naif style paintings would make for gorgeous vivid Marni/Celine-esque textiles we thought, and fortunately, she's onto it. Kindah also makes fashion: One of a kind shirts, bags, enamel pins. We want it all. Read more about the artist and Instagram sensation below. And how you may enter for a chance to win one of her signature pieces.
Tell us a bit about yourself…
I’m a painter and textile designer working in the Bay Area, California. I split my time between designing textiles for my own line and other companies... and painting.
What sparked your interest in creating fashion products?
There are so many facets to fashion, and I am most interested in the fine line where fashion and art intersect. My work revolves around textiles, every item that I produce is custom designed. A lot of times you’ll have a great design, with a weak print, or vice versa, so I wanted to tackle that fashion design from both angles.
HOW DO YOU COME UP WITH YOUR DESIGN IDEAS?
Most of my textiles stem directly from my paintings, and with fashion I like to start with far out costumes. From there, I can tone it done until I’m offering a ready to wear item.
What is different in your approach when working on wearable pieces vs. paintings?
Paintings are purely about the act of putting paint on the canvas - I like to leave most of them untitled and open to interpretation; they’re meant to be stared at for a long time. The wearable pieces are about the dialogue between the body and what its clothes have to say.
How do you describe your products and brand?
Well-made, classic, witty, must-have.
WHAT IS MOST ENJOYABLE, AND MOST DIFFICULT ABOUT YOUR JOB?
The most enjoyable part of my job is getting to ask myself, what could I put out into the world next and how do I take that to new heights? The difficult part is seeing knockoffs of my prints on goods that are made overseas.
How do you balance creativity with commerce?
I like to load up the item with as much personality and voice as possible, and once you release it onto the internet, it’s there for customer’s decide what’s next. It’s similar to showing your work in a gallery, keep the venue simple so that the objects can speak… and have great customer service.
What is next for YOuR brand?
I’m working on a new online shop that will showcase a lot of my favorite brands, coming soon! For my own line, it’s looking like more wearable paintings in the works and new bags for Spring.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE?
I read a quote by Rick Owen’s once, saying how all that really matters is good hair, and good shoes. Everything else doesn’t really matter. I mostly invest in well-made shoes, but when I’m working in the studio most of the week I’m wearing baggy t-shirts + painting pants, or overalls, and comfy sneakers. I love dressing like a house (tent shapes) and lots of stripes.
YOUR PERSONAL MOTTO IN 10 WORDS OR LESS
If you want it, go get it.
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