When did you get into pottery?
My boyfriend had spent some time in New York, and he came
back with a small ceramic piece, hand-built by the NY-based, Japanese artist
Shino Takeda. As soon as I picked it up, something in me changed. There was a
preciousness about it that had me feeling a particular type of way, and for a
whole year I couldn’t shake it off. So, I enrolled in casual night classes.
I’ve been a pig in mud ever since.
Who/what has influenced your art over the years?
I’ve always been outdoorsy and love hiking. The smell of wet
dirt & moss after rain, the aches and pains of an uphill climb. So
instinctively, I find my aesthetics drawing itself back to nature. Speckles,
raw textures, tactile bumps and earthy glazes. Also women. I’m drawn to and
inspired by strong, hard-working, smart women. My mother was my first female
role model and has shown me the breadth & depth of what a woman can
accomplish, especially in the face of adversity. In this age - the more we can
advocate for each other, support and lift one another up, the bigger our
opportunities to achieve much greater things will be.
Tell us about your artistic process for a new collection or
It usually starts with a feeling I want to express. I’ve
always kept a journal since I was 8, so I’m continually scribbling, documenting
thoughts and memories, or jotting down verses or poetry that inspires me. I
feel like my best work is born from times I’ve felt hurt, been frustrated or
extremely vulnerable. I try to embed as much feeling and energy into the clay,
so there’s almost a ‘felt sense’ when others pick it up.
Can you shed any light on upcoming projects?
For the past two months, I’ve been working late into the
night to build a collection for my first market stall in two years. It’s on
October 27 - I can’t share many details
yet, but please stay tuned on my Instagram for more updates. My body is
exhausted, and I’m pretty nervous and anxious about it. It’s like putting your
whole heart out there for one day, and I’ve got constant fears of not selling
What is your go-to Dickies garment?
Definitely the (8953) Painters Overalls and the Men's 874
Whenever I have coffee somewhere else, I always compare it
to Barmuda’s. It’s got that deliciously strong kick without the bitterness.
They also do the meanest, best hot chocolate you will ever have.
- Mother Yen.
A humble family biz that’s only been around a year, but
their sincere hospitality and grilled lemongrass pork, rice & egg brings a
strong sense of nostalgia for me growing up and eating ‘out-west’.
Best Wood-fired Pizza
– Not giving that one away. It’s hard
enough to get a table as it is already and I’m still trying to work myself up
to a first-name basis, so I’m keeping this one to myself… Psyke!
Look: Kim is wearing the 8953 Painters Overalls.