Prints to hide your winter blues!

Growing up I loved prints and mix match, never did I think I would meet a designer who was so creative in both areas here in Sweden but lord was I wrong! Introducing to all our Fashion 9one1 readers one of my right now favourite printmakers, Sarah from Sweden’s “down under” Skåne.

Work, work, work, work, work!

kal12As you might remember you were named the most creative designer of LeNoir Creative Week 2016 as you were the one designer who actually made your own prints prior to even designing your collection. But where do you find the inspiration to create your fabulous prints and how do you make them?

Inspiration for the prints comes from everyday life. Anything from nature, functionality of the things we sorround ourselves with or how we decorate our homes. The ideas can come from a shape, say a tea cup, and then I start playing around with how that shape (round) would work on a fabric. I often question the shape. Could it be squared? Flat? How would that transfer in a fabric? And then I make a pattern of how this 2 dimensional shape can work on a 3 dimensional object (the body in this sense). From there the work takes place.

The practical part of fabric making differs in regards to the print and finish that I’m looking for in the final product. All prints are handmade from a combination of traditional techniques such as wax print, batik and fabric dying. I try to dye, when possible, with natural items such as leaves, roots, flowers, beets, tea or rose hip. The fabric paint used in all my prints is carefully chosen from its environmental impact.

Is it important for you to use african prints and inspiration in your designs?kal5

No it’s not important but that’s want I prefer and take inspiration from. But I do love playing with textiles, manipulating them, if you will. Which for the brand “Kalunji040” means that there’s no forecast of what the future may bring. And that’s a good thing.

What can we expect next from Kalunji040 and please divide for us the various fractions of the brand?

After the release of my new collection “One” two weeks ago, I almost instantly started working on new ideas for prints and experiment with a couple of print techniques and ideas. So I’m hoping that new prints with a following exhibition will be expected next from “Kalunji040”.

This also answers the second question about the various fractions of the brand. So the fashion brand “Kalunji040” consists of clothes (women and children wear for now), furniture design and re-design as well as home decor.

The company “Kalunji Design” is the umbrella of which all of the above fits into as well my freelance work, consultant and lecturer business.

Describe for us your brand in one word.

A: Experimental

What’s the three most important things you would like to advise a young designer trying to make it?

Work, work, work, work, work!

I’m a very technical designer. I put emphasis on the sewing techniques, pattern making and great fitting of an item on a 3D shape rather than being great at drawing nice stuff. So that would be my first advise, know your craft and don’t cheat!

The second advise would be to continue working regardless of the scale or purpose. The more time you put in the sewing, textile knowledge, pattern making or whatever that mostly interests you, the better you’ll be at it. And that will show in your designs.

Lastly, I’d advise a young designer to be patient in the development of their art and brand. I don’t believe its sustainable to push out collection after collection. So take your time and take care of yourself so you don’t get burned out. It’s not worth it. And to always consider the environmental impact in the choice of your fabrics and work.

What’s the one item you can’t live without?

There’s no one item I can not live without. But if I have to choose I’d say my glasses. I really can’t see much without them.

By Aysha Jones

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