New vendor alert! Kait Dirk is an artist who likes to explore surrealism and the dream realm. She’s been creating ink drawings and oil paintings to bring those dreams back to reality, and you’ll definitely won’t to check out her super cool work at the Bison! Catch her at the Bison from November 30 to December 2, follow Kait on Instagram (@kaitdirk) and Twitter (@kaitdirk) and read on to discover where her inspiration comes from!
Royal Bison: What draws you to making or designing things?
Kait Dirk: Artists have a very fun pursuit where they get to make the intangible tangible. They get to explore the inner depths of their mind and bring what they find to life. Creating art has allowed me to look deeper into the nuances of reality and I am grateful for that. I am most joyful when I am creating and will do it for the rest of my life.
RB: What’s new for your line or business this season?
KD: I have just opened an online shop where I’ll be selling both originals and prints. A very fun leap! I’m also delving into the world of pin creation, they are just so charming and cute and I’d like to design a few of my own.
RB: What do you think sets your work apart from similar makers or designers?
KD: Prints will always be on paper, but the subject matter will always change artist to artist. Everybody is unique! I bring soft colour palettes and dreamy settings. Dark subject matter will also usually leak into my pieces. I’d say my work is darkly sweet.
RB: How do you feel about being a part of the Edmonton creative community?
KD: I am grateful for it! Any community of artists is wonderful. It’s encouraging and inspiring to see my fellow city artists follow their dreams.
RB: Please gush about a few of your designer, maker, or creative crushes!
KD: Local crush: Kristine MacDonald! I went to university with her and after school she started a beautiful copper jewellery business. She showed me that you don’t need a 9-5, but rather you can do what you love and get paid for it. I’ve loved watching her business grow and evolve. Far Away Crush: Emilio Villalba. He’s an oil painting artist from San Francisco. His paintings just touch my soul. They have a touch of darkness, beautiful color palettes, and a freeness that you can feel.
RB: Do you have a favourite holiday tradition you can share with us?
KD: Have the fireplace and the fireplace channel going at the same time for an ultimate relaxation moment.