From her oceanfront studio in Seaforth, N.S., Alissa Kloet is always on the lookout for inspiring motifs to translate into unique silk-screened images on fabric and wood. “Sometimes it’s natural inspiration,” she says, noting that many designs are based on flowers and trees. “I want things really simplified and clean. My primary concern is being aware of the positive and negative space and whether or not I can silk-screen the design.”
After honing her textile skills at Sheridan College in Ontario and NSCAD University in Halifax, Kloet began printing on wood.
She launched her company Keephouse Studio in 2012, offering a range of handprinted serving trays, coasters and tea towels. She’s even created a custom line called “Halifax: City of Trees” for Kew, a furniture store in Halifax (www.kewhome.ca).
Succulents were the inspiration for these serving trays. “It started with an obsession I had with them,” Kloet says with a laugh. “I bought a bunch from a local plant store this past winter, brought them home, and then began to record the shapes of the leaves.”