Designer insights with Candice Kaye

Candice Kaye is a designer of accessories and jewellery, writing about her projects from her company Candice Kaye Design, based in Toronto, Canada. Candice is a former dancer, now working in textile and designs, rediscovering her passion for the arts. She is a dedicated Yes Woman, saying “Yes” to life and every new life experience that comes her way. Her life revolves around family, design accessories and pursuing her dreams. So we are proud to bring you the Designer Insights of Candice Kaye.

Designer Insights - Candice Kaye

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1) In your own words describe your unique style and creative aesthetic?

I have always been a believer in ‘attention to detail' - Details to me are what make the design. I like to play on contrast between traditional and bohemian. For example, traditional flowered 1920’s wallpaper within a bohemian styled room. I feel this adds interest to an interior.

2) When starting a new project, what is your creative process?

I first study my client’s inspiration. I then interpret their inspiration into my own words. Once I have collected photos, reference, and information I start my creative process with tracing paper. All my little bits of tracing paper are then laid out on a large piece of watercolor paper, and the designing begins.

3) Out of the creative people you have worked with, who is it that you respect and admire the most?

I believe design is all about point of view and perspective. While shooting runway for New York Fashion Week, I decided to step away from the photographer pit and do street style. I learned to respect the eye of a photographer - the angles and light in which they chose to work with are what make the perfect shot. I believe the same goes for design. Light, angle, and composition play a huge role in your interior. It’s all about learning to work with what you have to create the perfect space.  

4) When looking for inspiration is there a particular thing you do to get inspired?

Get outside to clear my head. I work best with a clean slate. Then, I start opening books and the research begins. There are few textile designers that I constantly turn to for reference and advice – Alice Temperley for her magical world of creativity, Tricia Guild for her color, and Rachel Ashwell for her effortless layering techniques.

5) What has brought you to this point in your career? And what is your advice for people looking to follow in your footsteps?

It has taken me a long time to figure out I wanted to become a textile designer for interiors. I have constantly kept my eyes and ears open to possibilities of growth and change. Constantly allowing yourself to evolve I feel is the key to really achieving your true potential.