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Artist Interview: Candice Kaye

Posted by Dawn Laing on

As part of the GelaSkins X Microsoft Collaboration, six Canadian artists were chosen to launch the first exclusive collection of Surface GelaSkins and we can't wait to introduce you to each of them! Find out what makes them tick, how they approached this collaboration and their thoughts on art as a career path.

INTRODUCING: Candice Kaye

Candice Kaye GelaSkins

Photo by @ColinWeidelich

Where do you live now / where is your hometown? I was born and raised in Richmond Hill, Ontario.

Where do you find your inspiration? I get my inspiration from many sources, including just plain peace and quiet. Travel is a huge source of inspiration for me. I feel if I stay in one place for too long it's hard to grow as a textile designer. Traveling to new countries or cities has a way of clearing my head and in return I'm filled with new experiences, and new people - always teaching me something different. It keeps things fresh, which I feel is important to translate in my work.

Your artwork is very flora/fauna inspired to me, has it always been so, or is this a style you’ve developed over time? I have a sentimental attachment to the Rose. It was the first flower I taught myself how to paint while studying textile design in New York City. My work was definitely not as realistic as the others in my class. However while teaching myself I adopted my own style and trusted it. I pair flowers that would otherwise not be paired together in a print, while experimenting with unconventional colours, and scale. It organically became my style over time.

Did you go to art school? If so, where? If not, what made you choose your direction as an artist and jump right in? The dream was actually to become a professional dancer. I grew up in the studio. It was and still is a space I feel most myself in. I picked up photography while studying Sociology at Ryerson University and dancing for the Raptors Dance Pak. I started blogging and discovered other tumblr accounts. I fell in love with street style photography, fashion, and New York City. That was seven years ago now. With no true desire to design clothing, I applied to the RCC Institute of Design and Technology for Interior Design. I enjoyed making sample boards more than the actual structure of the interior. The thought of textile design as a career didn't dawn on me until I was in Paris and walked into a fabric warehouse. It was love at first sight. I applied to The Fashion Institute of Technology for textile design in New York City, and the rest is history.

Photo by @briewilliams

What was the scariest thing you’ve done to date as it relates to your professional art career? Some artists have told us they have completely changed styles only to revert back to a previous style… others have told us they left a comfort zone of sharing in their small town and trying to make the leap to a bigger city, bigger market. I think the scariest thing to date was truly trusting in myself as an artist and fully going for it. It has been a very interesting journey to get to where I am today. Doubt definitely will play a factor when no one can see your vision the same way you can. I had to give myself permission to go for it, and jump head first in faith.

What is your favourite medium? Watercolor

For this featured collection you created a piece on the Microsoft Surface, for the Surface. How was this different than your everyday art practice, if at all? When Microsoft introduced me to their Sketchable app I discovered brushes that I've been wanting to learn on Photoshop. The Sketchable app is so incredibly user friendly. I discovered a whole new style that has given me variation to my work. Some of the prints for Microsoft were created completely on Sketchable.

Custom Project for Tropical Hotel St. Barth

You recently traveled halfway around the world to Australia. Given the tropical vibe of so many of your works, did you fly home from that adventure inspired with new themes or ideas? If so, can you share your thoughts with our readers? Yes! Australia was incredible. There is nothing I love more than a 24 hour journey across the world. I stopped in Bali for a week before heading home and fell in love with the laid back surfer vibes. I'm approaching my newest collection, Collection N 25, with a looser hand. This new collection is surprisingly inspired by love. You can expect red roses combined with the tropical rainforests of Bali.

What’s next for you? Any upcoming shows? Candice Kaye Design will be working on a couple new commercial projects that will be opening this summer/fall. There are exciting collaborations coming up as well. Also I'll be experimenting on new interior surfaces such as table wear, fabric, table tops, and tiles in the future!

You can shop Candice Kaye’s GelaSkins collection HEREAs a special gift from now until May 7th midnight (EST) enjoy 30% off of Candice's collection using code: CANDICEKAYE30

For more Candice info & good times… roll on over to these social spots to find her:

Instagram handle: @_candicekaye_

Where can people find you on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/candicekayedesign/

Anywhere else they should look? CandiceKayeDesign.com

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Artist Interview: Candice Kaye

Posted by Dawn Laing on

As part of the GelaSkins X Microsoft Collaboration, six Canadian artists were chosen to launch the first exclusive collection of Surface GelaSkins and we can't wait to introduce you to each of them! Find out what makes them tick, how they approached this collaboration and their thoughts on art as a career path.

INTRODUCING: Candice Kaye

Candice Kaye GelaSkins

Photo by @ColinWeidelich

Where do you live now / where is your hometown? I was born and raised in Richmond Hill, Ontario.

Where do you find your inspiration? I get my inspiration from many sources, including just plain peace and quiet. Travel is a huge source of inspiration for me. I feel if I stay in one place for too long it's hard to grow as a textile designer. Traveling to new countries or cities has a way of clearing my head and in return I'm filled with new experiences, and new people - always teaching me something different. It keeps things fresh, which I feel is important to translate in my work.

Your artwork is very flora/fauna inspired to me, has it always been so, or is this a style you’ve developed over time? I have a sentimental attachment to the Rose. It was the first flower I taught myself how to paint while studying textile design in New York City. My work was definitely not as realistic as the others in my class. However while teaching myself I adopted my own style and trusted it. I pair flowers that would otherwise not be paired together in a print, while experimenting with unconventional colours, and scale. It organically became my style over time.

Did you go to art school? If so, where? If not, what made you choose your direction as an artist and jump right in? The dream was actually to become a professional dancer. I grew up in the studio. It was and still is a space I feel most myself in. I picked up photography while studying Sociology at Ryerson University and dancing for the Raptors Dance Pak. I started blogging and discovered other tumblr accounts. I fell in love with street style photography, fashion, and New York City. That was seven years ago now. With no true desire to design clothing, I applied to the RCC Institute of Design and Technology for Interior Design. I enjoyed making sample boards more than the actual structure of the interior. The thought of textile design as a career didn't dawn on me until I was in Paris and walked into a fabric warehouse. It was love at first sight. I applied to The Fashion Institute of Technology for textile design in New York City, and the rest is history.

Photo by @briewilliams

What was the scariest thing you’ve done to date as it relates to your professional art career? Some artists have told us they have completely changed styles only to revert back to a previous style… others have told us they left a comfort zone of sharing in their small town and trying to make the leap to a bigger city, bigger market. I think the scariest thing to date was truly trusting in myself as an artist and fully going for it. It has been a very interesting journey to get to where I am today. Doubt definitely will play a factor when no one can see your vision the same way you can. I had to give myself permission to go for it, and jump head first in faith.

What is your favourite medium? Watercolor

For this featured collection you created a piece on the Microsoft Surface, for the Surface. How was this different than your everyday art practice, if at all? When Microsoft introduced me to their Sketchable app I discovered brushes that I've been wanting to learn on Photoshop. The Sketchable app is so incredibly user friendly. I discovered a whole new style that has given me variation to my work. Some of the prints for Microsoft were created completely on Sketchable.

Custom Project for Tropical Hotel St. Barth

You recently traveled halfway around the world to Australia. Given the tropical vibe of so many of your works, did you fly home from that adventure inspired with new themes or ideas? If so, can you share your thoughts with our readers? Yes! Australia was incredible. There is nothing I love more than a 24 hour journey across the world. I stopped in Bali for a week before heading home and fell in love with the laid back surfer vibes. I'm approaching my newest collection, Collection N 25, with a looser hand. This new collection is surprisingly inspired by love. You can expect red roses combined with the tropical rainforests of Bali.

What’s next for you? Any upcoming shows? Candice Kaye Design will be working on a couple new commercial projects that will be opening this summer/fall. There are exciting collaborations coming up as well. Also I'll be experimenting on new interior surfaces such as table wear, fabric, table tops, and tiles in the future!

You can shop Candice Kaye’s GelaSkins collection HEREAs a special gift from now until May 7th midnight (EST) enjoy 30% off of Candice's collection using code: CANDICEKAYE30

For more Candice info & good times… roll on over to these social spots to find her:

Instagram handle: @_candicekaye_

Where can people find you on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/candicekayedesign/

Anywhere else they should look? CandiceKayeDesign.com

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Artist Interview: Meet Claire Desjardins

Posted by Dawn Laing on

As part of the GelaSkins X Microsoft Collaboration, six Canadian artists were chosen to launch the first exclusive collection of Surface GelaSkins and we can't wait to introduce you to each of them! Find out what makes them tick, how they approached this collaboration and their thoughts on art as a career path. 
GelaSkins Claire Desjardins

INTRODUCING: Claire Desjardins

Where do you live now / where is your hometown?

I live in Gore, Quebec, which is one hour north of Montreal, in the Laurentians. We live in the woods.

Where do you find your inspiration?

Inspiration is all around me, in my day-to-day. I try to represent what I see and feel, not to reproduce it. When I was younger, I loved scuba diving. I was wowed by the electric colours of the fish, coral and sponges and I think I have always kept a bit of that with me. I love colour and repeated patterns.

Cobblestones Claire Desjardins

Your artwork is very abstract, has it always been so, or is this a style you’ve developed over time?

Ever since I’ve been a working artist, my artwork has been abstract. As a child, I followed the teachers’ directives, and we made whatever it was that the class was making. I often created the abstract version of it, though. I’d explain it by saying that I was creating the feeling I get about something. I have abstract pieces dating back to early childhood. There are elements of what I did then, that I still carry with me.

Claire Desjardins GelaSkins

Did you go to artschool? If so, where? If not, what made you choose your direction as an artist and jump right in?

I did not go to school for art, despite my parent's encouragement to do so. I was afraid of becoming a cliché “starving artist”, as I had seen so many do. Instead, I took a rather convoluted path toward busines and later got a corporate job, designing application interfaces for mobile devices. My substrate was measured in pixels, and my hands remained clean, as I manipulated my work with a keyboard and mouse. I painted on weekends, only, which I really enjoyed. Pretty soon, I was selling paintings through social media. When I got laid off from my day job, I thought that it would be a good time to try my hand as a full-time working artist. The stars aligned, and I was picked up by a couple of art galleries almost immediately, and I also started licensing with a large retailer. I was fortunate to be in the right place at the right time, and my new career took off. I have never worked harder, and I have never been happier!

What was the scariest thing you’ve done to date as it relates to your professional art career? Some artists have told us they have completely changed styles only to revert back to a previous style… others have told us they left a comfort zone of sharing in their small town and trying to make the leap to a bigger city, bigger market.

The leap from a regular, corporate job to becoming an artist, and trusting myself to make the right decisions was terrifying. It was a sink or swim situation, and fortunately, I swam. I am still driven by fear, to this day (what if the success suddenly goes away?). Fear is what makes me work as hard as I do, though I am learning to trust in the universe, slowly but surely.

What is your favourite medium?

Trusty acrylic paints are my all-time favourites. I know how to manipulate them, so that they give me the desired effects. Every so often, they surprise me, too. I like not knowing what to expect from my art. I love surprises, and I try to respond to the stray marks that the materials and tools may create. It’s a dialogue.

For this featured collection you created a piece on the Microsoft Surface, for the Surface. How was this different than your everyday art practice, if at all?

Well first off, it’s a lot cleaner to use: no paint under my fingernails! I’m a very messy painter in the studio, and I’m also quite spontaneous. I love how the Surface allows me to to continue that spontaneity. I am using different tools to achieve the designs I want, but I can still create gestural lines and forms, and the on-screen colours are brilliant and exciting to me. I love how I can capture ideas on the go. I travel quite a bit, and when I’m confined to an airplane seat for 5 or so hours, it’s really nice to be able to play around with ideas. I always used to feel that travel time was lost time, because I couldn’t really make art. I would often have ideas, but if I didn’t draw or paint them somewhere, they’d be lost. That is no longer the case. I also like that I can now create mockups for larger paintings. This is something that is useful for commissioned pieces, as it allows my clients to envision the way I perceive their request, before starting a large format piece.

What’s next for you? Any upcoming shows?

I’m getting ready for ArtExpo NY (April 21-24, booth S112). It will be my first time at that show, and I’m excited and nervous at the same time. I think I always get a bit nervous before a show, as I wonder if my artworks will be well received or not. Hopefully, they will be.

SHOP the Claire Desjardins collection HERE and if you want to learn more about her you can find here: 

Instagram handle: claire_desjardins_art (https://www.instagram.com/claire_desjardins_art/)
Anywhere else they should look?
Photos by David Glickman

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Artist Interview: Meet Claire Desjardins

Posted by Dawn Laing on

As part of the GelaSkins X Microsoft Collaboration, six Canadian artists were chosen to launch the first exclusive collection of Surface GelaSkins and we can't wait to introduce you to each of them! Find out what makes them tick, how they approached this collaboration and their thoughts on art as a career path. 
GelaSkins Claire Desjardins

INTRODUCING: Claire Desjardins

Where do you live now / where is your hometown?

I live in Gore, Quebec, which is one hour north of Montreal, in the Laurentians. We live in the woods.

Where do you find your inspiration?

Inspiration is all around me, in my day-to-day. I try to represent what I see and feel, not to reproduce it. When I was younger, I loved scuba diving. I was wowed by the electric colours of the fish, coral and sponges and I think I have always kept a bit of that with me. I love colour and repeated patterns.

Cobblestones Claire Desjardins

Your artwork is very abstract, has it always been so, or is this a style you’ve developed over time?

Ever since I’ve been a working artist, my artwork has been abstract. As a child, I followed the teachers’ directives, and we made whatever it was that the class was making. I often created the abstract version of it, though. I’d explain it by saying that I was creating the feeling I get about something. I have abstract pieces dating back to early childhood. There are elements of what I did then, that I still carry with me.

Claire Desjardins GelaSkins

Did you go to artschool? If so, where? If not, what made you choose your direction as an artist and jump right in?

I did not go to school for art, despite my parent's encouragement to do so. I was afraid of becoming a cliché “starving artist”, as I had seen so many do. Instead, I took a rather convoluted path toward busines and later got a corporate job, designing application interfaces for mobile devices. My substrate was measured in pixels, and my hands remained clean, as I manipulated my work with a keyboard and mouse. I painted on weekends, only, which I really enjoyed. Pretty soon, I was selling paintings through social media. When I got laid off from my day job, I thought that it would be a good time to try my hand as a full-time working artist. The stars aligned, and I was picked up by a couple of art galleries almost immediately, and I also started licensing with a large retailer. I was fortunate to be in the right place at the right time, and my new career took off. I have never worked harder, and I have never been happier!

What was the scariest thing you’ve done to date as it relates to your professional art career? Some artists have told us they have completely changed styles only to revert back to a previous style… others have told us they left a comfort zone of sharing in their small town and trying to make the leap to a bigger city, bigger market.

The leap from a regular, corporate job to becoming an artist, and trusting myself to make the right decisions was terrifying. It was a sink or swim situation, and fortunately, I swam. I am still driven by fear, to this day (what if the success suddenly goes away?). Fear is what makes me work as hard as I do, though I am learning to trust in the universe, slowly but surely.

What is your favourite medium?

Trusty acrylic paints are my all-time favourites. I know how to manipulate them, so that they give me the desired effects. Every so often, they surprise me, too. I like not knowing what to expect from my art. I love surprises, and I try to respond to the stray marks that the materials and tools may create. It’s a dialogue.

For this featured collection you created a piece on the Microsoft Surface, for the Surface. How was this different than your everyday art practice, if at all?

Well first off, it’s a lot cleaner to use: no paint under my fingernails! I’m a very messy painter in the studio, and I’m also quite spontaneous. I love how the Surface allows me to to continue that spontaneity. I am using different tools to achieve the designs I want, but I can still create gestural lines and forms, and the on-screen colours are brilliant and exciting to me. I love how I can capture ideas on the go. I travel quite a bit, and when I’m confined to an airplane seat for 5 or so hours, it’s really nice to be able to play around with ideas. I always used to feel that travel time was lost time, because I couldn’t really make art. I would often have ideas, but if I didn’t draw or paint them somewhere, they’d be lost. That is no longer the case. I also like that I can now create mockups for larger paintings. This is something that is useful for commissioned pieces, as it allows my clients to envision the way I perceive their request, before starting a large format piece.

What’s next for you? Any upcoming shows?

I’m getting ready for ArtExpo NY (April 21-24, booth S112). It will be my first time at that show, and I’m excited and nervous at the same time. I think I always get a bit nervous before a show, as I wonder if my artworks will be well received or not. Hopefully, they will be.

SHOP the Claire Desjardins collection HERE and if you want to learn more about her you can find here: 

Instagram handle: claire_desjardins_art (https://www.instagram.com/claire_desjardins_art/)
Anywhere else they should look?
Photos by David Glickman

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Artist Interview: Introducing TABLLOYD

Posted by Dawn Laing on

As part of the GelaSkins X Microsoft Collaboration, six Canadian artists were chosen to launch the first exclusive collection of Surface GelaSkins and we can't wait to introduce you to each of them! Find out what makes them tick, how they approached this collaboration and their thoughts on art as a career path. This week get to know Lloyd Arbour and his transition from a corporate gig to a full time artist & freelancer......

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Artist Interview: Introducing TABLLOYD

Posted by Dawn Laing on

As part of the GelaSkins X Microsoft Collaboration, six Canadian artists were chosen to launch the first exclusive collection of Surface GelaSkins and we can't wait to introduce you to each of them! Find out what makes them tick, how they approached this collaboration and their thoughts on art as a career path. This week get to know Lloyd Arbour and his transition from a corporate gig to a full time artist & freelancer......

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