ARTIST INTERVIEW: Amanda Blake of Calder Blake
Calder Blake was founded in 2013 by Amanda Blake with the passion to create understated season-less clothing that is thoughtful in its form, function and its use of local artisans and craftsmen in an ethical way. With each step of the process being conscious and considered the hope is that the quality, community and care put in will reflect in a loved item. The line is known for being minimalist chic and for its ease of wear.
The Collection is available in boutiques worldwide as well as their own e-commerce shop and Studio shop in the Mar Vista neighborhood of Los Angeles.
What would you say is the driving force behind your creative work?
The love of the entire process from idea to conception to putting it out in the world and taking flight in someone’s life.
What are your most important artistic tools?
Pencil and paper.
What is a new idea you have been working with recently?
I constantly examine the design and manufacturing process to incorporate better practices from concept to production. The industry standard for packaging is a single use, clear polyester bag that is thrown away once received. I am now creating packaging for each garment called The Pouch which is a reusable bag utilizing the waste fabric from production cutting. Each bag is unique and can be used over and over in countless ways. Think: produce bags for the market, makeup bag, packing underwear for travel or wrapping gifts.
Do you think community is important to creativity? If so how?
Yes!! I am most inspired by the people I am blessed to call my friends and my creative community. Creativity is a shy flower that blooms most beautifully when it is surrounded and supported by a community. With that support the best of one’s self comes out. This can also be listed as one of my most important artistic tools!
Did you have any mentors or important creative influences?
Alice Waters, Christina Kim, Yves Chouinard, Rei Kawakubo, Noguchi…too many to name and never just one…