We had the good fortune of connecting with Alex Kling and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alex, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
My need to create. Through the years I explored different mediums, studied an array of processes from print & dye to weaving to graphic design, and worked in a variety of artistic environments. It’s always been something I’ve instinctually known without question: that I’m a creative.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’ve worked in interior design for years so I’m no stranger to sourcing wallpapers, fabrics, art, furniture, etc. When I looked at what was available and thought about my style as an artist, I saw an opportunity. I make my art by hand – usually drawing or painting – and then use it to create evocative patterns. It’s been an incredible journey and I’m looking forward to the endless possibilities of surface design.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I miss going out…If we were in West LA I’d say Ingo’s Diner for breakfast or dinner. They have great cocktails, especially the Bobby Love. Maybe a swim at Escondido Beach followed by Cholada in Malibu. Their crispy rice salad and golden bags are a must. The Museum of Jurassic Technology in Culver City and then The Roger Room for drinks, one of my favorite bars. In East LA, coffee at Dinosaur followed by a hike in Elysian or Griffith Park. Two Bit Circus for some games and The Broad museum downtown. Mh Zh in Silverlake for dinner, everything on their menu is amazing. Bar Stella for drinks and late night al pastor tacos at El Flamin Taco.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Jake Arnold. He’s an extremely talented interior designer. I’ve known him for years as a coworker, a boss, and as a friend. I studied textile design in college and from then on would create art and patterns for fun. He saw a pattern that I made and suggested that I should actually make wallpaper and fabric with my patterns. That was the turning point where I took a look at myself and my work, and realized that I wanted to pursue it as a craft.