ADDRESS Interview with Kyle Parent of KTWP Studios.
Define your craft in 3 sentences or less. Growing up watching my mom sew, I learned the traditional techniques with which I explore quilting today. Before shifting my focus to quilting, I worked in tailoring, and had my own line of menswear. Through the use of remnant fabrics, I reconcile utility and art by blending my tailoring and quilting history into contemporary tableaus.
Describe your creative process. I first map out small-scale studies in considered colour palettes. I’ll use these studies and then respond to the fabric and proportions with a improvisational technique.
Where do you find inspiration when experiencing a creative block? I love looking at the female weavers and textile artists of the Bauhaus era. I also tend to seek out 50s and 60s graphic designers and artists. I also actively collect modernist matchbox labels, and can quickly find inspiration from them.
What advice would you give to young designers / makers / artists / creatives aspiring to make it in their field? Measure twice, cut once. Ask for help. Learn to say no.
What’s your dream project? I’d love to do backdrops for Ballet BC.
What art and design trends are you excited about? Craftsmanship as art.