WORKAHOLIC // KXG
From within an open air temple in Indonesia, the KXG Atelier embodies a sense of timeless intensity. Of tropical density, richly perfumed with incense rituals – the elements abound in a deep breath of creation. It is where Australian born, Katharine Grace and Krishna Godhead are the founders of KXG, making clothes and documenting their vision through photographs. Together they manage, design and create their ideology to manifest the act of creation, the art of transformation, to inspire from illusion.
Katharine 31 and Krishna 51, discovered each other in Bali during a traditional Indonesian ceremony in the mountains where Krishna had chosen to settle. Realizing they both shared a mutual history from their birth town, it wasn’t until this spiritual meet that the pair instantaneously began to collaborate forging a symbiotic and instinctual creative bond.
Who are you and what do you do?
Katharine Grace and Krishna Godhead = KXG. We make clothes and document our vision.
Katharine: Denpasar, INDONESIA
What made you turn to this direction?
Katharine: Having the ability to manifest our vision
The act of creation
The art of transformation
To inspire from illusion
Was this always your dream job?
Krishna: Classical Violinist
How much of the week is work, how much is play?
Katharine: We live, work, and create together within an open-air temple/atelier where typical work hours seem irrelevant. Often the most beautifully impulsive garments or images are spawned after dark when the tropical air is thick and dense and the elements abound. So, if we are to considering the nature in which we work it is impossible to tabulate a specific amount of time when that is never truly considered.
Krishna: I am dull. There is no play, only work.
Katharine: We launched KXG In Paris during the Haute couture presentation in July 2014, with sanction from the Chambre Syndicale De La Haute Couture, KXG presented an hour long presentation at midnight on the 4th July 2014 to 100 invited guests.
As part of a ritualistic ceremony Krishna dressed and undressed me into 10 separate looks, on a revolving stage in a domed circular room shown. There has been an eternal stream of raw and impulsive image making since the inception of KXG. We shoot primarily where we live, work and create and the photographs are only ever captured and documented on myself by Krishna. Our next exploration of presentation for KXG is to publish a book of the images accumulated from the past 2 years. By documenting our journey and our own exploration in this manner allows the curious to truly appreciate the garments through the eyes of its creators.
Krishna: Small specific technical successes and continued evolution.
How do you find your inspiration?
Katharine: We both maintain our own distinct and independent design aesthetic and are each inspired independently before we create together. All of what we need is on our doorstep and we mainly keep close to home. The exotic and brutal nature of the island serves up a fountain of inspiration and relentless imagery. We exist in a jungle of sorts, the temples, rituals, waterfalls and reptiles form the immediate world around us. Dialogue and conversation is key during the design process in revealing our direction and our desires at that point in time for our creation. In a real sense, to us, possibly the inspiration comes at the end of this process.
How do you define your personal style, work and clothing, etc.?
Katharine: Free form and ever evolving depending on my mood. My clothing is intensely personal and precious, considering everything I wear is KXG custom made.
What’s something someone may not know about you?
Katharine: I grew up on a cattle station in outback Australia. Horses and dirt bikes are the way to my heart. I can throw a notoriously lethal left hook, right high kick to the head combo in the ring. The only singular thing that truly upsets me is the sight of a barnacle. I struggle to even pronounce the word.
Krishna: I am happy
Anything else you would like to say or for us to know?
Katharine: I think that’s it for now….. Lets wait till the book comes out!
Krishna: Thank you.
For more on KXG please visit: http://kxg.global