CA: I’d find it difficult to categorize my design style in just a few words. I seek to create design solutions with clarity and simplicity but I love that creativity has no bounds.
CH.89: Where do you draw your inspiration from?
CA: I’ve found that the majority of my projects draw inspiration from nature & that which is living. I’m fascinated by the way our environment breathes, grows and interacts. I desire to take those elements and translate them into design solutions.
CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about what your creative thought process is like when starting a new project/ piece of artwork?
CA: First move is always loads of research & secondly developing a strong concept that drives the project. Once that’s down pat its a matter of playing & tweaking! I also allow time for the design to breathe! Sometimes coming back to a design, even just after a sneaky espresso break, can allow you to see the work in a whole new light.
CH.89: Is there anything in particular that you would want people to take from your artwork?
CA: Particularly in interior design the dream is to create an environment that lives and interacts with those inhabiting it. To design something that has the ability to influence how a person feels & acts.
CA: One of the biggest inspirations to me both personally & design wise is the ocean. So I try my very best to make sure I’m immersed in it every morning, sunshine or storm! After this I go to work to play!
CH.89: When starting out an artistic task, do you think it is better to have a particular direction/set plan guiding your way? Or, is it better to act on impulse and go from there?
CA: I think it depends on the way you work best. For me, I need to make sure I have a concept driving the design task that keeps the design relevant and clear in order to best represent the client/brand. However, revelation moments are always great! And like mentioned previously… the design is living, so taking sharp corners is all part of the process!
CH.89: What is one major lesson you’ve learned as an artist thus far?
CA: Accidents are often solutions. If not, take a breath (& a long black) and keep going.
CH.89: Do you regard personal style & taste to be of highest importance?
CA: No, not of the absolute highest importance especially if it conflicts with the concept. However, I think it is an element that makes your designs notably your own and your product has to be something you’re happy with showcasing. In saying that, I also think its a little bit freeing to have to step out of your norm and do something you usually wouldn’t!
CH.89: What do you consider to be the hardest thing about being an artist?
CA: Honestly, it’s when the time comes that you need to stop playing. The design process could just continue forever but there’s a moment when times up and you have to stop. That’s a difficult moment!
CA: Constant change! I’m never bored.
CH.89: Is there anyone in particular, any artist’s that inspire you in any way?
CA: So many. One I’ll mention is Tadao Ando. I am in love with the way he incorporates elements of nature into his works and allows them to coexist and interact. The honesty of his design work is stunning. It is self-spoken, raw and never in need of embellishment.
CH.89: What do you think of technology in terms of being a useful tool for artists today?
CA: Technology speeds up so much of the design process, leaving more time for playing! For me, technology gifts me the time to go back to basics of a pencil & sketchbook.
CH.89: Do you think being an artist allows you to view the world differently from those who don’t follow creative paths?
CA: For sure, I think everything we do allows us to gain a different perspective.
CH.89: Do you enjoy traveling? If so, do you have a favorite city?
CA: I definitely enjoy traveling! I don’t have a favourite city but I loved the vibrancy of Ahmedabad, India. I’m also stinging to get to Berlin & Amsterdam!
CA: I’ll admit, I’m a fan of The Lord of the Rings.
CH.89: Any future goals or plans for your artwork?
CA: I’d love to dive deeper into the inter discipline of environmental and health studies & architecture.
CH.89: What does being an artist mean to you?
CA: I enjoy that art is a form of expression and holds the personality & character of its creator.
CH.89: What’s the last song you listened to?
CA: Spirit move by Bethel Music.
CH.89: Any last words on the aesthetic of your artwork?
CA: Basically what I mentioned previously… & hopefully my work can speak for me!
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