Team Kukukachu is a family of amazing freelancers from around the globe! Gabi has been with the studio from the early days; creating beautiful prints for us and has been a superstar of support for the team. We managed to interview Gabi in between her travels and yogi-ing around...
TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOUR BACKGROUND. WHAT INSPIRED YOU ABOUT TEXTILE DESIGN?
I have a degree in Marketing and Advertising, but never truly fell in love with it. In my mid twenties, I decided to hit pause (or stop!) on the career I was just starting and travel the world to hopefully find myself. Needless to say, 2 ½ years and 10 countries later, I was still pretty lost. I came back to my home country, Brazil, back to advertising and decided to invest my free time only on things that I truly care about. This is when I dove back into Yoga and, by accident, saw a flyer for a 6 month digital print design extension course. I was the only one in the class with no textile background. All I had was a passion for prints and a love for drawing. That’s how it all began, and I never looked back! Since then I have attended classes in Central Saint Martins and City Lit in London and countless online classes to discover more and more about different ways of creating.
DO YOU HAVE DAILY RITUAL TO HELP YOU GET INTO A CREATIVE MIND SET?
I get up around 5:30 / 6:00 am and spend the first 2 ½ hours of my day in silence, there is no emails, no messages, no reading, no music, no communication at all. In that time I practice my morning yoga class, and meditate. This is the most important ritual in my day, keeping my mind clear from external influences so I can dive inward. If for whatever reason I have to skip this, my whole day is thrown off. After that I am ready for all (almost all) the information the world has to offer!
WHAT IS INSPIRING YOU AT THE MOMENT IN THE OUTSIDE WORLD?
I travel a lot throughout the year, for the past 3 years I have moved around basically every 3 months to accompany my husband with his work. That is another point I simply love about this job, we can do it from anywhere! Whenever I am in a new place, my greatest inspiration is to try to visit the local street markets or museums. We are normally in small towns so I can always find something unique to that region.
TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOUR DESIGN PROCESS. WHAT MEDIA/DESIGN TOOLS DO YOU LIKE TO USE? WHAT ARE YOUR GO-TO SOURCES FOR DESIGN INSPIRATION?
I like to draw as much as I can for each print. Some prints ask for photographic elements, but I have a blast when I get to draw everything. I love working with copic markers, I think they create a really beautiful result plus they are the perfect travel tool! I also use watercolors quite a bit and I would like to extend my skills in it. I start by defining the elements that my print is asking for, at this point I have an idea of how I how the layout will be, but sometimes that changes along the way.
When working from home I always start my inspiration research with Pinterest, I love how one thing leads to another and I can easily spend hours just in this process. I can’t wait to get more books (physical books) in topics I love like ethnic textiles and botanical drawing, but that will also have to wait until all the traveling stops.
WHAT TUNES ARE ON YOUR PLAYLIST AT THE MOMENT?
My husband says I exhaust music! I listen to the same thing over and over until I just cant anymore, I guess it becomes like a mantra! My current play list has Glass Animals new album, a bit of Milky Chance, Chet Faker, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and a lot of Cat Stevens.
3 FUN FACTS ABOUT YOURSELF :)
1. I’m a Brazilian from a big Italian Family, I grew up in Scotland and met my half American half Dutch husband while living in Australia, and we now live between countries in South America.
2. Besides being a Print Designer, I am on the last steps to become a certified Yoga Instructor (which is my second, but just as strong passion).
3. I absolutely LOVE chocolate, but I can’t stand chocolate ice cream and most chocolate flavored things.
One of Gabi's prints available in our Library: 1814 COL-6 ES GL