Kennedy Telford is an artist and designer living in Vancouver, Canada.
11/1*, Vol. 6: Kennedy Telford
#1. Twelve hours of the perfect day or twelve hours of the perfect night?
#2. What is always worth the price?
#4. It’s not working: try something new or persist?
Set it aside and pick up something half-finished + try to get somewhere with that, then go back + look at it again.
#5. In general; start from chaos and reduce or start from silence and add?
start from silence + add, stare at it for a long time then reduce
#6A. When does a piece fail?
When it looks like therapy.
#6B. When does a piece succeed?
When all the elements, including the title, come to a resolution + nothing can be taken away.
#10. What is your favourite machine?
A bike with gears and hand breaks is pretty much the most elegant solution to a problem that I can think of.
#12. You own a store that only sells one type of object. What is it?
#15. What is the one thing you fear about your work?
#17. What about yourself can you not trust?
If it looks like “we’re” running out of wine, I know I’ll drink faster to get more! I hate it but it’s true.
#19. What is the most important thing you’ve learned in the past month?
Tie: not to trust contact cement / to have more printed materials to pass out.
#23. What object or tool is perfect?
The Kikkoman 148mL soy sauce bottle.
*I’m sending 23 questions to artists, designers and musicians and asking them to answer 11. I think these questions give revealing answers, especially regarding creative work. Here are their responses. As these are interviews I’m publishing their answers as they are, fully appreciating that English may not be their first or preferred written language. Thanks to all the participants.