MEET OUR LATEST CREATIVE: KURTIS BRAND
What are your main sources of inspiration? Tell us 3 top references for your work.
My main source of inspiration for my current series is meditation, mindfulness and Zen Buddhist practice. Through this work I embrace the unknown, that which cannot be described or defined. The work is influenced by Yin/Yang philosophy, Taoist philosophy and the power, simplicity and spiritual nature of minimal art. Artists that have influenced my thinking are Agnes Martin, Jackson Pollock and Andy Warhol.
Do you have a routine or ritual to enable creativity? Share with us!
I always do a period of meditation before I start the work. The preparation of the canvas is done mindfully as if it too were a meditation. I usually try to create my work in nature amongst the sounds of birds, wind and rain for example. Nature has a huge influence on my work. Representational imagery is not literal in my pieces, but the energy of my surroundings inspires the work.
Do you use your fashion style as a way to express your personality/creativity? And has fashion ever been a source of inspiration for you and if yes can you give us a concrete example?
Yes. I wouldn't say it is a style, but it is more functional and traditional. I find fashion to be an important aspect of creativity and the arts as much as traditional art, culinary arts, music etc.
What is your favourite work and what it represents within your line of work?
My favorite artworks are Ensos which are traditional Japanese ink paintings created by Zen Buddhist masters.
Do you use your art to convey any social or political issues? If yes, what are the current movements you relate to the most?
My work does not embrace political or social issues beyond sustainability of materials which is extremely important to me. I use upcycled canvas and FSC certified wood stretchers. The dye I use is nontoxic and I plan on using 100% natural dye in the near future.
Do you think it's important to be part of a creative group? Are you part of any in particular? Do you have a role model you relate to?
I would like to start a meditation and art group for my collectors. I place great importance on the Sangha, the Buddhist term referring to the group of meditators and practitioners one is associated with. It is called one of the 3 Jewels of Buddhist practice.
What are the key elements that would make you want to collaborate with a brand?
Sustainable materials, fair trade and fair wage practices, a positive social message and a clean, sophisticated minimal aesthetic.
Do you identify with Unreal Fields? How?
I identify with Unreal Fields social message, its importance placed on local artisans and craftsmen, its sustainable message and its clean minimal aesthetic.
If you could make a photoshoot with a pair of Unreal Fields shoes together with one of your works, which work would that be?
I like the Adelaide boots, the triangle motif speaks to me, it feels like a cut out similar to what I do.
What's your favourite UF shoe model?
I like the Madge sandals!