Sobbing On Fifth: How did you get into art and designing? Did you always know you wanted to be an artist?
Kindah Khalidy: I have always been drawing and I was obsessed with craft projects growing up. I knew that I wanted to be a designer and artist, and I've just been focusing in more and more on what I really want to make. Studying draping and garment structure in high school was a pivotal time for me. I fell in love with painting in college. I'm constantly combining these two passions, but they're also really enjoyable to work on independently.
SOF: What are some of your favorite materials to work with?
KK: Gouache, canvas, sequins, wood, watercolor paper.
SOF: Where do you find inspiration?
KK: I take a lot of photos of unsuspected color combinations.
SOF: How did you get into translating your artwork into accessories?
KK: I like the idea of creating mini collections, sometimes of clothing but mostly accessories. I couldn't find the fabrics that I was looking for in fabric stores or wearable textiles in clothing boutiques...so I decided to start making them.
SOF: How have you found the response so far to your wearable art?
KK: Surprising. I love hearing people say, "I would totally wear that," about a giant moomoo covered in rainbow appliqué blobs.
SOF: How would you describe your own personal style?
KK: Comfy, sporty, elderly.
SOF: Are there any other kinds of art or design you’d like to get into in the future? Any other kinds of accessories or clothing?
KK: More clothing silhouettes and designing for interiors.
SOF: What is your favorite place to shop?
KK: That's tough! I have a few go-to boutiques but I'm usually on the hunt for one specific item.
SOF: What’s the last thing you bought?
KK: A cup of delicious coffee.