ADDRESS Interview with ANTIPOD Workshop.
Define your product in 3 sentences or less. ANTIPOD designs bold textiles for people who like to mix it up and have a little fun with their homes. I draw inspiration from art, graphic design, NASA photographs, mathematics, the small details of our everyday environment… and everything in between. A detailed focus on quality of construction and materials ensures that products are made to last, so you can enjoy for years to come.
Describe your creative process. I read quite widely so I usually have a pile of books out from the library – at the moment I’m reading about mathematics and aesthetics with a focus on the Diamond Theorem named after the diamond figure in Plato’s Meno dialogue. I usually get really interested in a topic and start to collect ideas and motifs and from there it’s a back and forth of process exploration with different materials and techniques, thematic research and drawing, collage or painting. This particular research will culminate in several textile-artworks that I’m making for an exhibition in June at the Cityscape Gallery in North Vancouver. It’s also heavily influential with regards to a new collection that I’m developing. I alternate with analog processes like block printing and drawing and transferring things to the computer just depending on what the design needs. Often my work is very hands-on with fabrics and paint or dye, hence the “workshop” part of my company name. My process is fairly tangential, I like to follow my curiosity – it’s one of the most fun and inspiring parts of designing textiles!
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. I often check out my favorite artists and designers to see what they’re up to on Instagram – it’s frequently the travels or observations of those people as well as their inspirations that help me push through whatever block I’m having.
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, work creatively every day, keep learning about your industry, business and marketing and managing your money – be inspired by others and informed of trends but be yourself. 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 20th Century 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?!