Kim schalk

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Kim schalk

I have always had a strong personality and I think that shows in my designs. Some have called it “super hero” dressing. But before the “me too” movement, I never really broke down my inspiration – the thing underneath the subtle details, folding techniques or style. I won’t say that I was blindly designing, I am inspired by nature, by math, and vintage garments (thank you suffragettes and dior),but my true voice is the voice of a little tomboy, who loved to play with bugs. And in 10th grade she watched “My Fair Lady” and was blown away. The melding of such a snot nosed kid who absolutely fell in love with fashion is where my story starts. I have definitely spent my 10,000 hours making patterns and constructing garments. And although I have never taken a formal class, I have learned from the class of hard knocks. Sewing things and then completely taking them apart. Then trying different techniques until things align just right. And last year, after being assaulted by my doctor, I had a revelation. While, I was designing spring 2019, I was pondering this question – Can a woman be both strong and feminine? The masks women wear (sometimes by force sometimes not) and the binds that hold us down, were sewn into every seam. Strength vs femininity is the persistent conflict in my design. It’s also a persistent conflict in daily life. Can a woman master these 2 opposing character traits? Did I master the balance of both? To me, this is the most compelling question of design. Like I said, the design aesthetic is already 1 part super hero and 1 part secretary. But the construction also melds both concepts of strength and femininity. Diaphanous silks are combined with stiff cotton twills conveying the duality of the fabric’s hand(how stiff or how something drapes). The softest French terry knits are cut and sewn in architectural silhouettes (shapes that are typically meant for fabric that is a woven and is more turgid). I use these tools of technique, material, aesthetic and voice to speak for me. Opposing concepts-duality in life and especially in womanhood. My line is inspired by conflict and all that it has to offer. And thank you for letting me share. All artists want to be heard.