Kristine Baker creates an amazing collection of art to wear. She presents her portfolio and talks about inspiration and technique.
ABI: How have your extensive travels influenced your designs?
KB: Living abroad in several locations has been wonderful. In Mexico I learned the usage of intense colors and in Switzerland I learned that everyone deserves good design, no matter what their economic status.
ABI: How did you get started selling to museum stores?
KB: I started my museum store work as a Roycroft Artisan for The Copper Shop in New York; once I had a foothold with a museum location, gaining entry into other stores was easier. Much of my museum work is designing within the Arts & Crafts and Art Nouveau eras.
I tend to work with smaller museums and create exclusive designs for them, perhaps incorporating a specific symbol of the location. For example: The Gamble House’s well-known front door, or the architecture of Fallingwater.
ABI: Describe the steps involved in taking a one-of-a-kind commission.
KB: One-of-a-kind commissions require considerable personal time with the client: discussing what she wants; I have a swatch book of colorways to stir her thinking.
Careful measurements are taken and I usually do a “fitting” with her before finishing the piece. I have both regular and queen-size sewing mannequins to work with and of course the final meeting is the grand try-on!
ABI: What techniques are you using in your production work?
KB: For production work I still have been hand drawing all designs and each piece is hand-painted, making each creation unique.
Recently, because of the popularity of some designs, I have been moving towards silk screening the outlines of the design; naturally it moves much faster but still gives me a way to control the dyes within the lines.