ADDRESS Interview with Alison Kent.
Define your craft in 3 sentences or less. I’m a designer-maker-artist who is incapable of sitting still. My main focus is artful product design, from textiles to kitchen wares. I embrace intention, process and small-batch.
Describe your creative process. To create a physical entity out of a spark of an idea, I proudly work in collaboration with many gifted artisans and makers throughout the design and production process, preserving a hands-on artistry that is often lost in mainstream, mass-produced design.
Where do you find inspiration when experiencing a creative block? It’s more the practice of providing the space and time to recognize inspiration, than trying to ‘find’ it. Inspiration is waiting everywhere – the way patterned chairs line up in a Paris cafe, the glow of a streetlamp on a sunset backdrop, the special curve of a twisted leaf left too long in the sun…
What advice would you give to young designers / makers / artists / creatives aspiring to make it in their field? GO and DO at least one thing every day. When you’re starting out you can paralyze yourself trying to figure out what you ‘should’ or ‘need’ to do. Also, meet people – design is inherently collaborative, and often richer in community of ideas, thoughts, philosophies.
What’s your dream project? My dream project is incredibly narcissistic – I already design buildings (day job!), but it would be an incredible dream to fill one with all my own designed wallpapers, tiles, furniture, vases, etc. Oh, wait – that’s what my house is becoming! Short of that, I would genuinely love to do a furniture set collab!