KATE CARDIGAN | GOLDEN BOY PRESS INTERVIEW #352


Could you introduce yourself?

My name is Kate Jenkins and I am a knitwear designer and textile artist based in Brighton in the U.K What’s your life philosophy? How do you try to apply that to your work?

Work hard and be nice to people. Always try to stay positive, focused and happy and good things will happen. To be creative is a wonderful thing and I know I try hard to apply my philosophy to my work on a daily basis. Could you tell us what you think makes you stand apart in the art industry?

I have worked for over 20 years in the world of fashion and art and I guess the key to standing out is to constantly re-invent and change what you do regularly. I would be very bored with my life if I just kept creating and designing the same things day to day. I try and set myself difficult projects so I challenge myself ending up with unexpected results which are often fresh and exciting. How would you describe your art style? Do you feel like it reflects you?

It's very hard to put a label on my style but I try to incorporate my technical skills as an artist and combine this with my sense of humour so the pieces I make are beautiful and humorous. I love to see people's reactions when they first encounter my work.. the usual response is a laugh and smile... I think that's what makes my work stand out in the art industry.

If you had to choose three words to describe your work, what would they be?

In three words, Witty Woollen Wonders. My work is a complete reflection of my personality, sometimes I struggle to find the words to describe things and often find it much easier to interpret them in a visual image. What are a few tips for other artists that might be reading this?

Be original and aim high. If you had to choose any music album that captures the emotion of your work, what would it be and why?

I have a massive love for music and a very broad taste range so it would be impossible to name one album as I have so many musical influences and heroes. I'm always listening to new music whether on 6 Music, Spotify or Mixcloud so I’m constantly being influenced by artists old and new.

What is it about food that inspires you?

Food is such a huge inspiration to me and it would take me a whole lifetime to make all the ideas I have in my head. I love the way food can comfort and nourish you visually, mentally and physically. What's one thing that has to do with art that others might not know about you?

I was the first artist to have an exhibition in one of the pods on the London Eye as part of the press launch for Frieze Art Fair in 2010 sponsored by Pommery Champagne Do you have any rituals you do before you start your creative process for a new project, to get your mind and energy in the right place?

I always have a huge tidy up in my studio and clear away any old sketches, papers etc that has been hanging around. My studio gets extremely messy so I find it therapeutic to start with a clear desk and clear mind.

What’s a typical day for you?

I wake up around 7.00 a.m each day, go to the gym for an hour and then straight into the studio and work until 6.00 (sometimes later if I have a deadline) As I am always working on different commissions and briefs, no two days are the same. I spend hours crocheting, embroidering and generally creating to get something perfect and I often find myself in my own little bubble which is where I get the best results.

Coffee or tea?

Coffee and lots of it What are some of your goals for 2017?

I am working on a new exhibition entitled Sex and Drugs and Rock in Wool which will be a temporary departure from food (but don't worry it won't be forever!) So the goal is to get it all completed by the end of the year. What makes you happy?

Family, Friends and my dog Lottie make me happy. Any closing comments?

Thank you for the invitation to appear on your wonderful site.

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