10 Aug Q&A WITH ADAM FRENCH
1. Let’s start with tagging yourself with 3 words – what describes you best?
This is a very hard questions to answer, everybody has a long story full of twists and turns, and like every story, every little detail counts. I can say in three words the traits I believe have most benefited me as a person, those being: Wisdom, Creativity, and Passion.
2. As an accessory designer. Where do you get the inspiration for your collections from?
I draw inspiration from so many things, but my top three would be people, architecture, and nature.
People are fascinating creatures. The grace and horror we are capable of regularly amazes me. I love the way people’s passions, hopes & hurts drive them to do the most incredible & compassionate things, often so simple they can be hard to notice. These sorts of actions move me the most.
I think that the great structures people create in service to the things most important to them are a wonderful expressions of humanity. The places we learn, express ourselves and our faiths are testaments to depth we value them. I love observing this.
Growing up in rural central Canada, I have spent most of my life close to nature. I have never seen anything to compare to the colours I can find in flowers, birds, a sunset or sunrise. The awesome power that mother nature has to shape the world, and the ways in which she shapes it, often have me at a loss for words. It is this inspiration that is the root of my interests in Ethical & Sustainable fashion.
3. If you could choose to live one day in the life of another designer, who would it be and why?
A question I have considered before, Leonardo De Vinci: To spend a day witnessing the world through the eyes of that sort of intellect would be a truly fascinating experience. In regard to art & fashion, I would be very happy as an eternal apprentice. I would have loved to apprentice to Robert Dumas-Hermès, René Lalique, Victor Horta, or Peter Fabergé. The beauty & creativity these man where capable of have been the most inspirational to me, as well as my uncle, Eldon Hagglund, who was a minor designer in the 1970s.
4. What took you to apply for the ADEx?
I wanted to be in the game. When I applied, I did so without expectation, but full of hope. I wanted to see who would be chosen so I could see the things about myself and my project that I could improve upon, and this was simply more exciting if I knew that my name was ‘in the ring’. You can imagine my excitement when I found that I was among the semi-finalists, and maybe you can imagine my sense of awe when I was selected as a finalist. I feel honored to be considered among such incredible talent.
5. What excites you and what frightens you about the idea of living and working with a craft community for 2 months in a totally different culture?
My experience with these two emotions is that they often go hand in hand, a cycle each requiring the other to exist. The nature of any experience is to teach us something we did not know before. If I was not frightened at the prospect of facing my own limitations, hesitations, fears, and insecurities then there would be no value in the lessons I am learning. The prospect of facing these limitations I discover within myself and the opportunity to overcome them is what excites me the most.
6. What are you hoping to achieve on ADEx?
To improve myself. When its time to go home, I want the confidence that comes of a better understanding of the fashion world and the tools I need, both within myself and the new friends I meet to make my own project a success.
7. One last thing to say before your departure?
I have met so many fascinating people on this adventure. I would like them to know that if you believe that art and fashion can indeed improve the world in a fundamental way, then you have all of my tools, my wisdom, creativity, and passion, at your disposal. I hope to work with you all again soon and long into the future.