JR Artisan SpotlightKathryn Ferran Kayajan
How did you get your start in the industry:
FERRAN textiles was created in a fortuitous way, born out of a collaboration years ago. FERRAN was originally launched as an Accessories company, after consulting with Lilly Pulitzer for a few seasons I was able to learn about pattern making and surface design. Coupled with my background in art, architecture and design it was an organic evolvement creating patterns for the FERRAN home collection and into the textile and wallpaper company it is today.
Describe your work in 5 words or less:
Original. Colorful. Modern. Unique. Inspired.
What inspires you?:
All the FERRAN textile collections are designed and inspired from (and named after) my travels around the world. Getting to know the history, culture, and people of a region firsthand sparks a creative impulse for me.
Describe your studio or work space:
Visually – The office is painted a pale Bahamian pink; it is like working inside of a conch shell. Structurally – The FERRAN office/studio is highly organized. Serving as a visual guide, a multi-wall image board helps to assemble each collection’s story with its deliberately filled and purposefully placed pinning to inspire the current collection being designed. We are working on a small expansion that will create a more studio-feel with amazing natural light and more space for my hands-on artworks.
What’s makes your brand stand out from the rest:
As a designer and artist, I have a distinctive voice; my uniqueness is a personal aesthetic told through my original artwork created for the collections prints. Each FERRAN design is an original from hand to home and whether its whimsical or cultured elegance, this makes the personality of the FERRAN brand.
Any new techniques, mediums, colors, aesthetics you are experimenting with?
Color is so important to me and has become a hallmark of the FERRAN brand. Experimenting and creating a signature palette is equally important when creating a pattern. For mediums I’m most comfortable with watercolor painting and art-marker, where I recently deviated or experimented with the material for the application – painting on silk or parchment creates an incredible blur or bleed.