Inspired by novels - Kat Marks

Kat Marks – London based Canadian designer who is deeply inspired by Kurt Vonnegut’s novels and themes of humanity’s mysticism and its complexity. The main used materials are rigid plastic, plastic, wet-moulded vegetable tan leather bibs and tuxedo bow-ties.

A futuristic, luxurious, strong and symmetrically shaped creation has no boundaries or prejudices – it gives an invitation for observers to join the open and unexpected conversation and discussion. 

There are no doubts that The Karass movie made with Nick Knight and model Edita Vilkeviciute for has a strong and memorable impression of close connection between music, visual expression, design and art. Let’s continue the breathtaking trip to modern Art Deco world - enjoy every single view!
 Kat Marks
- Describe yourself as a person and as a designer.
- As a person, I am quite private, reserving parts of myself only for those closest to me. As a designer, I wear my creativity on my sleeve.

- Do you see big differences between both descriptions?
- Yes and no. I am not separate from what I create – my work is a portrait so to speak, showcasing my interests and passions at the time.

- Why do you choose to be a designer?
 - I didn’t – it choose me (how cliché!). But it’s the truth; there was never an alternate route I wanted to take.

- What was the first item you created?
- A 2-piece neon windbreaker track suit in the early 90’s.

- Where do you seek for inspiration?
- It usually begins with Kurt Vonnegut novel. The Karass (my most recent collection) was named after a term Vonnegut coined in his 1963 novel Cat’s Cradle.

 The Karass for Anais (fotografas Paul Hine)

- The items you designed are independent as an art pieces and it has a strong structure.
What do you think about boundaries, rules and expressions in visual conversation with fashion and observer?
- I don’t believe that boundaries are necessary. Boundaries, however, are often the product of a designer’s personal aesthetic and creative philosophy or by the viewer’s preconceived notions or opinions about what it being witnessed. The combination of the two makes for an interesting conversation.

- Do you have some special rituals before you start to create?
- Not really, but I need to feel passionate about the project and have 100% of my energy focused of what I’m doing.

- What are the basic values for you as for designer?
- Stay true to my nature and don’t offend anyone along the way.

- Do you still need to march and fight to get public attention?
- There is enough room for all of us in the creative world and the work should speak for it self. Having a professional website, however, and a large network is a benefit.

- Now you are based in London.
What is your experience with this city and how does it effect your creation?
- London has a saturated fashion industry – this is both positive and negative. For me, London has done exactly what I need it to do for me, which was a launch my career in the European market. Living in London also increased my network.

 The Karass for
- If you can name it what is the biggest achievement in your career?
- Co-directing The Karass fashion film with Nick Knight for in 2011.

- Future plans, dream collaborations and hopes?
- Continue creating.

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