KATHERINE KANIA

designer

 
 
Design is building a cohesive system that has various shapes, colors, and sizes that correlate with each other. Design creates a clear visual that helps communicate issues and functionality within the present.
Lauren Winter Co, Jumpsuit / L'enchanteur, Palm of Hand Earings

Lauren Winter Co, Jumpsuit / L'enchanteur, Palm of Hand Earings

Name: Katherine

Current City: Brooklyn

Hometown: Northern NJ

Currently reading: The Alchemist

Currently listening to: Solange

Q&A

A little about yourself, where you are from, and what you do.

An architectural designer living and working within nyc for the past 10 years. I just recently have made a transition into an alternative medium to design with.. flowers and plants.

Has your background played any role in your current artistic expression?

I grew up immersed in gardening and building though my parents. My mother always had a new set of fresh cut flowers from the garden on the kitchen table while my father was sketching up a plan for his next project in our home.

What does design mean to you? How is it relevant to the world today?

Design is building a cohesive system that has various shapes, colors, and sizes that correlate with each other. Design creates a clear visual that helps communicate issues and functionality within the present.

What project have you worked on that changed your life, or changed your perception of the craft?

Currently I have been working with Ingrid from Tin Can Studios, where she has been teaching me floral design. The hands on beauty and care that she puts into the craft has just been inspiring and exciting.

Who is someone you would consider a creative influence for you?

My friend Ashira from In.sek Design, where she creates objects that represent the overlapping spaces of art and architecture. It has been an inspiring process to follow over the years.

What is the oddest thing you find inspiration in?

Stoical acceptance of suffering within life.

What is your creative process, for either your personal or professional work?

I define the experience of the piece. I find an image and/or phrase that drives the construct of the shape, texture, and functionality.

Your favorite piece of artwork, exhibit or gallery?

Ai Weiwei, According to what?

How would you describe your style? What’s the oldest piece of clothing you own?

Modern and effortless. My mother’s fuzzy bright red cashmere sweater from her teens living in Poland.  

If you could wake up anywhere in the world, where would that be?

Next to a waterfall in a rainforest.

Which projects are you working on, or plan on working on in the future?

Translating floral design into my previous architectural design work. I also have an ongoing personal project of feminist art pieces that I like to consider as not being driven by any pressures of success.