Meet The Face Behind

KEEPHOUSE

A BRIKA maker story

Alissa Kloet

CHEZZETCOOK, NS
"Making handmade is important to me because I think personal objects, things that have a connection to another person, make for a more beautiful world. A rich life is in the details."
“I always work on paper first ­ I really like working with cut paper and ink. I then scan these into the computer to finish up the design process ­ add colour, play with scale and so on.”

“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. ”


“I long for warm, sunny Saturdays at home. We live right on the ocean ­ the sunrises over the Atlantic and the light pours into our bedroom in the morning. It’s glorious.”


“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.

I believe...

Every day is sacred.


I love it when...

The sun breaks through the fog
.

Words I live by are...

“How do you expect to arrive at the end of your own journey if you take the road to another man’s city?” Thomas Merton



“When I was around 12 I wanted to be an accountant or poet. I don’t think those two professions get put in the same sentence very often!”
PRODUCTS BY KEEPHOUSE
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