Speed Date / KRISTÍNA ŠIPULOVÁ, textile designer

Where are you from?

Where did you study?
At the Academy of Fine Arts in the Studio of Textile Design and at the Oslo National Academy of Arts.

Who was your best teacher?
Professor Popovičová – I was going to her piano classes.

Who were/are your parents?
A teacher (mum) and a technology manager.

What don’t you enjoy in design?
When something lacks a knack for material. In architecture, I feel sad when some places are too inaccessible and I want to see them (La Maison de Verre).

And on the contrary, what do you?
The phase of looking for inspirations, working with material, creating something from scratch, inspirational discussions and encounters.

What do you listen to?
Giovanni Maria Trabaci, Rosalia, Patti Smith, Hailu Mergia, Muddy Monk, Paradis, David Bowie, Bendig Giske…

Your favourite film or cartoon?
Grande Bellezza.

Who do you respect as an authority in and out of your field?
I suppose the biggest influence on my work was Faye Toogood. And I respect all the people who thrive on making art, or work and infect others with it.

The last thing you bought?
A present.

Do you buy professional literature? What was the latest book?
The book titled An Atlas of Rare and Familiar Colour.

Do you vote?
I do.

Who throws best parties?
My flatmate from Paris.

Your favourite dome?
Pantheon in Rome.

Party dress. Made by…?
Maybe by myself, once.

Your hero from the past?
My heroine is my mum.

Best/nicest house?
The best one is that where I grew up and my favourite place Domaine de Boisbuchet!

Do you have any stereotypes when you work? How do they show?
My obsession with subtle nuances of colours, laborious techniques.

What’s on your desktop?
A water-colour sketch by David Hockney that is hardly visible.

Best exhibition/artwork?
The John Soane’s Museum collection and Cy Twombly’s exhibition in Centre Pompidou.

What do you respect both from the local and foreign design scene? And why?
Those capable people who can put together a team and make either spaces or opportunities for artistic creation or inspirational discussions, events. And those teachers who can shape and inspire students.

Morals or money?

Extraordinary book?
Species of Spaces and Other Pieces – Georges PerecNear to the Wild Heart – Clarice Lispector, Silence and Light – Louis Kahn.

Optimist, pessimist, nihilist?
Sometimes I’m a desperate optimist.

Do you have any hobby?
Yes. The things I do and strive to develop.

Solo or in a collective?

Slovakia as the Promised Land?



30 / 9 / 2019
by MAG D A
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