Sukhanlee is a London based designer who focuses on creating fresh prints for contemporary markets. Her print designs have already been used by fashion retailers and suppliers for the premium high-street market.
We interviewed Sukhanlee to find out more about her work:
1. How and when did you want to be a maker and how did you start to realise that aim?
I always like drawing & making things since I was a child. Exploring new ideas and experimenting with colour & materials often played important parts when I was doing my BA & MA courses. I love making samples/prototypes and I know the making side of me is always there.After 10 years of having my own print design studio, although I am still creating prints with my existed clients, I feel this is the perfect moment to add SUK. to be part of my practice to celebrate its 10th anniversary, to celebrate the combination of contemporary print designs and modern craftsmanship.
2. Who did you learn from, who inspires you? What or who were your early influences and how has your life/upbringing influenced your work?
I think my parent are my early influences and inspiration. My dad was a barber and my mum taught me to crochet. They both used their skills to earn their livings. Although my dad is no longer with us, his entrepreneurial spirit stays with me. The image of how my dad dressed is still fresh in my mind which definitely influence my work in Men’s accessories. He wasn’t too much of a pattern person but he was definitely neat, smartly dressed and very adventurous on trying new things.
3. What currently inspires you and which other artists do you admire and why?
Sol LeWitt, Cy Twombly, Hannah Hoch are some of my favourite artists. For me their works are timeless, abstract, empowering and sometime witty. Dries van Noten, Issey Miyake, Sacai are definitely my top 3 fashion designers. It is not only just about their works I like, but also their philosophy and dedication I admire as designers behind their brands.
What can you tell us about your current artwork?
Whenever you start your drawing, you will start with a dot. This ‘Dot’ is the concept behind this project.The artworks I used on this scarf collection are all about ‘starting from the centre’ where the ‘dot’ starts - the centre of mind! Each artwork has got its name for example: ‘map of mind’, ‘wave of florals’, ‘fill in the blank’ ‘circle pizzle’ etc. They are all square in shape with one big round element at the centre apart from ‘line in motion’, because it represents the most free stage of mind.
4. What is your chosen medium and what are your technique? Tell us about your process and what environment you like to work in?
I love doing hand drawings but sometime I would use computer to do drawings, it depends on the look and mood of the artworks I am looking for. Plenty of daylight would be my perfect work environment specially while I am doing my hand drawing or hand stitching.
5. How has your work developed since you began and how do you see it evolving in the future?
SUK. Accessory range launched only last summer 2017 and it has been positive by the feedbacks after doing shows with Craft Central. Meeting customers who appreciate and love your work is definitely a bonus.I started with SUK. MINI & MAXI silk and wool scarf collection, and then silk pocket squares are added later on in 2017. SUK. Shoppers & Ties will be the latest edition to offer to customers in 2018.
6. Which book would you recommend as inspiration?
On Craftsmanship towards a new Bauhaus by Christopher Frayling (He was my rector in RCA when I was studying there for my MA :-) Dandy Lion – The Black Dandy and the street style by Shantrelle P. Lewis