“I think the creative community in Halifax inspires me to keeping doing what I do. There is such a great group of people here from other makers to photographers and stylists. We support each other and encourage each other to grow. ”
Alissa Kloet’s entrepreneurial spirit was sparked well before founding Keephouse. While studying in Nova Scotia College of Art and Design’s Bachelor of Fine Arts program, she had stalls at craft shows to test the waters, while saving up to buy an industrial sewing machine and print table. Before she called Canada’s Atlantic seaboard home, she studied Textiles at Sheridan College in Ontario, where she was immediately hit over her head with the conviction that she wanted to work with cloth, pattern and color.
Since self-motivation and a solid work ethic is the name of the game as an independent creative, Alissa credits working in a sketchbook a couple times a week “just to keep myself in the practice of creating,” and as a break from when she’s in full production mode. As for her inspiration? The images and shapes gathered from her surroundings and interpreted through the process of cutting and arranging. “The simple beauty and geometry in the Atlantic shore’s landscape combines with my modern sensibilities. The result is coastal inspiration; reimagined,” she says.