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Interview with Jihyun Kim

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Editor Frank Scott (FS) from DesignPRWire has interviewed designer Jihyun Kim (JK) for A’ Design Awards and Competition. You can access the full profile of Jihyun Kim by clicking here.

Interview with Jihyun Kim at Wednesday 26th of April 2017
Jihyun Kim
FS: Could you please tell us more about your art and design background? What made you become an artist/designer? Have you always wanted to be a designer?
JK: When I was 14 years old, I was first time to take private art lessons after then luckily I went to Sunhwa arts high school in Seoul, South Korea. While at arts high school, I learned sculpture, painting, and visual design but my feel was not good and I really wanted to learn about fashion design. After graduating, I moved to New York and attend Pratt Institute for Fashion Design major. This is my first journey to be a fashion designer. I think that since 13 years old, I want to be a fashion designer and I am still interesting in art dealing.

FS: Can you tell us more about your company / design studio?
JK: My brand based in Brooklyn, New York and everything made in New York. I just started from last fall so my business is starter-up right now. Even my studio is very small but here is full of creativeness, freshness, and love from my dog; Stella.

FS: What is "design" for you?
JK: The abstract way to show my thought.

FS: What kinds of works do you like designing most?
JK: Keep simple and minimal with accentuate details or exaggerate silhouette.

FS: What is your most favorite design, could you please tell more about it?
JK: I love minimal design with feminine mood such as French brand Celine.

FS: What was the first thing you designed for a company?
JK: This collection; F/W 2017, was the first official collection under my label.

FS: What is your favorite material / platform / technology?
JK: I like matching traditional fabrics; cotton, satin, and silk with artificial or new textile; neoprene or even new thing.

FS: When do you feel the most creative?
JK: When I'm talking with my favorite people and visit beautiful gallery and museum spaces.

FS: Which aspects of a design do you focus more during designing?
JK: Uniqueness, trendiness, and wearability.

FS: What kind of emotions do you feel when you design?
JK: I'm always worrying.

FS: What kind of emotions do you feel when your designs are realized?
JK: Happy little moment, and I feel that "Yes! I can go to sleep early tonight."

FS: What makes a design successful?
JK: Keep own aesthetic and uniqueness.

FS: When judging a design as good or bad, which aspects do you consider first?
JK: Visualization.

FS: From your point of view, what are the responsibilities of a designer for society and environment?
JK: Asserting social problems is not a mandatory responsibility of designer's duty but expressing their thought on their design can change the society and environment.

FS: How do you think the "design field" is evolving? What is the future of design?
JK: Our life is surrounded by design field so it is absolutely evolving. I think that sustainable design will be the future.

FS: When was your last exhibition and where was it? And when do you want to hold your next exhibition?
JK: Fashion Gallery New York Fashion Week in February, 2017 was the last time to present my collection. I will show new way of fashion and art work around June or July and will present new collection in September.

FS: Where does the design inspiration for your works come from? How do you feed your creativity? What are your sources of inspirations?
JK: When I am talking with my favorite people, I get lots of inspiration and endorphins. Conversation is great sources of my work.

FS: How would you describe your design style? What made you explore more this style and what are the main characteristics of your style? What's your approach to design?
JK: Minimal silhouette with delicate details. Feminine mood.

FS: Where do you live? Do you feel the cultural heritage of your country affects your designs? What are the pros and cons during designing as a result of living in your country?
JK: Downtown Brooklyn, New York. The place gave me lots of inspirations and is very close to Manhattan so easy to market research material resourcing.

FS: How do you work with companies?
JK: Most of time, I am working as a freelance designer.

FS: What are your suggestions to companies for working with a designer? How can companies select a good designer?
JK: Be diligent and creative. Always aware the trend.

FS: Can you talk a little about your design process?
JK: My process is very back and forth. I always make something, re-cutting, and re-making.

FS: What are 5 of your favorite design items at home?
JK: Form board, glass cups for ice coffee, and Van Gogh diary.

FS: Can you describe a day in your life?
JK: I spent most of time to research and build up my collection. After the work, I usually go to dog park with my beautiful dog.

FS: Could you please share some pearls of wisdom for young designers? What are your suggestions to young, up and coming designers?
JK: Don't afraid of failure.

FS: From your perspective, what would you say are some positives and negatives of being a designer?
JK: Creating my design is a positive point, and financial difficulty is a main negative aspect of being a designer.

FS: What is your "golden rule" in design?
JK: Enjoy!

FS: What skills are most important for a designer?
JK: Creativeness and business mind.

FS: Which tools do you use during design? What is inside your toolbox? Such as software, application, hardware, books, sources of inspiration etc.?
JK: Pencil and letter size paper.

FS: Designing can sometimes be a really time consuming task, how do you manage your time?
JK: Using Checklist.

FS: How long does it take to design an object from beginning to end?
JK: 4 to 5 months.

FS: What is the most frequently asked question to you, as a designer?
JK: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

FS: What was your most important job experience?
JK: All of experiences are very helpful. I think that one of the latest position at Vivienne Tam gave me many positive influence and the experience was important to grow as a fashion designer.

FS: Who are some of your clients?
JK: Some of them celebrities and women who are working in art field.

FS: What type of design work do you enjoy the most and why?
JK: Classic design. Because the most beautiful timeless fashion is classic items.

FS: What are your future plans? What is next for you?
JK: Build up new season and if I have a chance, I hope to do artwork or collaborate work too.

FS: Do you work as a team, or do you develop your designs yourself?
JK: At studio, most of time I'm designing myself. When I finished collection, I gathered the team and do the lookbook shoot with photo team.

FS: Do you have any works-in-progress being designed that you would like to talk about?
JK: I will start new season that might show more colors with romantic design.

FS: How can people contact you?
JK: Visit my website!

FS: Any other things you would like to cover that have not been covered in these questions?
JK: I really appreciate my mom and daddy. I love you and thank you!


FS: Thank you for providing us with this opportunity to interview you.

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