Design Hunter Q+A: Kim Shipton
Motorbikes, textiles and Spanish shoes - the design favourites of Fibrecraft's Kim Shipton.
Your name: Kim Shipton
What you do: Textile art, design and production of home and fashion accessories using plant dyes, botanical eco-printing and traditional fibre crafting techniques. fibrecraft.com.au
Your latest project: Natural Base showroom and a three dimensional textile wall hanging naturalbase.com.au/eco-textile-wall-hangings/
Who are three people that inspire/excite you:
What is your favourite…
Car/bike/plane/boat model: After my beloved Suzuki Gsxr750 I’m contemplating the next step. Perhaps a VICTORY Hammer S. I love the curve line to the cowl, the v-twin engine, the torque and the height features
Chair model: How can there be only one? In terms of ‘phases’ of admiration, the current phase is Arne Jacobsen’s Swan chair.
Residential space: Villa K by Cell Space Architects
Decorative product: Naminarquina rugs
Functional product: Solar cells
Handmade good: Dolls from Aguas Calientes, Peru
Mass-produced good: Fair trade anything
meal: My partner’s eggs (from our own chooks), stir fried haloumi, chopped sage with comfrey, asparagus, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes and mild peppers.
restaurant: Mr Wong, Sydney
drink: home-grown, brewed lemon verbena
bar: Green & Blacks Organic (chocolate bar)
item in your studio: My godmother’s sewing machine. (I spent many days in her dress making studio as a child hiding among the endless rows of buttons, fabrics, dresses and the drilling sound of her over locker).
piece of technology: My small quiver of camera’s; mainly Canons from different eras.
historical figure: Salvador Dali
fictional character: Leeloo (The fifth Element)
vice: Spanish shoe designs
virtue: Picking up elderly women who are hitch-hiking
What does the term ‘Design Hunter’ mean to you? A seeker of invention and expression within history, cultures and environments.