ADDRESS Interview with ANTIPOD Workshop.
Define your product in 3 sentences or less. ANTIPOD is an evolving line of art-driven textiles. Fueled by a love of color and abstract form the work integrates my painting practice with a deep understanding of textiles to create objects that blur the line between utility and art.
Describe your creative process. Increasingly my creative process begins by creating small experimental artworks that serve as studies where elements are then magnified and refined until I come up with a final composition. At the moment I’m translating my paintings into a larger scale by painting with dye on linen and making them into quilts. I love that I can make an original artwork that you can both display on your wall and wrap yourself up in.
Color is incredibly important to me so I spend a lot of time looking at color and making color tests. A large part of my work is material driven and working with textiles and painting on a large scale requires a lot of testing to get the desired result. I’ve been perfecting my technique of painting with dye on fabric for several years now – it’s not like using paint and so getting the result that I’m after has really taken a lot of perseverance!
Making quilts seems to me like the perfect marriage of my interest in color, form, scale and repetition. Using piecing as a method of repetition and what I see as an inherently optimistic device I can create large works that operate in the space between art and design.
Where do you find inspiration when experiencing a creative block? To be honest I feel like I have fewer problems with creative block in a general sense than with narrowing down my focus. Exploring just one of the techniques that I’ve worked with like shibori or natural dye or surface patterns could take a life-time, so the challenge is figuring out what best expresses the feeling I’m trying to create. Usually when I get stuck it’s in the details of a collection and I’m just too close to it. When that happens I try to get away and clear my head so that I can come back to it with a fresh perspective. I also share process images on Instagram and it’s really helpful to see what resonates for people who comment on my feed.
What advice would you give to young designers / makers / artists / creatives aspiring to make it in their field? Well, I guess it would be the same advice I’m trying to heed! Find your own creative voice and work creatively every day to do that. Take risks. Always make sure that even if others inspire your work, it has an original viewpoint. Don’t copy and never appropriate sensitive cultural artwork or designs. Keep learning about your industry, business and marketing and managing your money. Talk about it. Show up and do the work. Persistence is the name of the game!
What’s your dream project? I think that my dream project right now would be designing bespoke textiles for a commercial project like a boutique hotel. Everything from custom woven throws to pillows to upholstery of vintage pieces plus rugs and curtains!
What art / design trends are you excited about? From an art perspective I’m still enamored with 20thCentury modernism and in particular hard-edged abstraction and the graphic design of Karel Martens. To be honest I try not to follow trends too much, I’m really more interested in designs that will endure rather than be fads. Personally I’m all about the Danish idea of “Hygge” loosely translated to “coziness” or a convivial atmosphere that’s been pegged as a design trend, but really – when has coziness at home been out?!