Kahkasan Akhi is an architect, designer and photographer writing from her own blog Intense Pursuits, from Arlington, Texas. Kahkasan writes about architecture and design from her blog, as well as having her own Etsy shop where she sells ornaments, accessories, decor and paintings. She adores fascinating design, ethereal travel, sublime art, heart warming food, surreal photography, terrific architecture and amazing horticulture. So we are proud to bring you the Designer Insights of Kahkasan Akhi.
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1) In your own words describe your unique style and creative aesthetic?
Everything that I create stems from my roots. I was born in the rich and vibrant land of Bangladesh – a culture infused with vivid colors and textures. And that is my muse.
2) When starting a new project, what is your creative process?
My passion for art/design and a strong background in Architecture has given me the hunger for building things block by block. I apply those ideas to everything from designing to even cooking.
3) Out of the creative people you have worked with, who is it that you respect and admire the most?
I value everyone that I come across in life and for what they have to offer. Most importantly, I respect my entire family for continuing to support and inspire me to keep grasping for more. Growing up, I have noticed how imaginative my Mother has always been and realized that she is the source of my creative being. Also, I am highly motivated by people who are willing to showcase their culture to the rest of the world.
4) When looking for inspiration is there a particular thing you do to get inspired?
Travelling is a great way to look for inspiration – even if it’s the local thrift store. While I am constantly inspired by my own culture, other vibrant ethnicities are also a great source for my vision.
5) What has brought you to this point in your career? And what is your advice for people looking to follow in your footsteps?
A childhood passion for drawing/sketching/painting led me to my study into the world of Architecture. I found that the same principles in building design can be applied to every other project and design is present in everything. With this realization I began my journey. My advice would be to not be afraid to claim what makes one unique and extraordinary.
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