Staff Spotlight: An Interview with Lynda Kinne
Ahead of the Out of Office exhibition opening at Morley Gallery, a show that sees Morley Visual and Digital Arts Programme Managers showcase their work, we had the pleasure of interviewing Fashion PM, Lynda Kinne.
How does teaching influence your art practice and vice versa?
Teaching really challenges my knowledge; with as many as 28 students each working on individual garments I have to draw on a wide range of skills to help guide them. Conversely, I can still develop new skills through my teaching that I can then bring back into my personal work.
What project are you working on right now?
The work I do outside of the college alongside my husband, Daniel Kinne, is a mixture of historical costuming (personal) and avant garde design under the label name À LA DISPOSITION (professional). Currently, we are working on creating costumes for the Carnival of Venice as well as developing garments for our next Anatomie.london Pop-up Shop.
What’s the most indispensable object/tool in your studio?
My pincushion, my thimble, my hand sewing needles and my plastic grid ruler.
What kind of creative patterns, routines or rituals do you have?
Before I start a new project, I typically sit down for about 20 to 30 minutes to think it through in detail. For example, how will the finished garment open? What fabric will I use? I find thinking through the whole process at the beginning improves the final outcome.
Could you tell us what you’re really excited or inspired by right now?
We’ve moved house recently and have only just re-established our studio, so I am really excited to have my work space back (even though it only a closet). I really missed my vintage Singer industrial sewing machine.
What do you think is the best thing about teaching at Morley?
Helping the students achieve their vision. Some students start the course never having sewn before and I really enjoy helping them to develop their skills and build the confidence to create their Catwalk collections.