Where does Kendra Dandy find inspiration? (Full interview)

Sock It to Me presents Artist Collaborations. Fresh and stylish new looks designed by artists Ryan Bubnis and Bouffants & Broken Hearts.

Kendra Dandy, the artist behind Bouffants & Broken Hearts, was kind enough to answer some questions for us, about where she gets her inspiration, designing for different kinds of apparel, and much more.

Sock It to Me: How would you describe your artistic style? Where does your inspiration come from?

Kendra Dandy: My style is fun and colorful. Vintage is one big source of inspiration. I love the funky patterns and color from the 60s. Beauty and fashion are some others. And nature and fruit. Fruit is one of my favorite things to draw. There are so many ways you can draw an orange. Whole or sliced. With or without leaves. I like to say that nature is the best designer and it’s true.

SITM: How should people feel when they’re wearing your SITM designs?

KD: Happy.

SITM: What’s the biggest difference between making art for a sock versus making art for other kinds of apparel?

KD: For me there isn’t much of a difference that I’ve noticed. It’s the same process of trying to come up with ideas that inspire me and put them down in my sketchbook. As the designer you have to trust your instincts, whether it’s for socks or a t-shirt or something else.

SITM: How do you overcome self-doubt and stay focused on your goals?

KD: I’ve chosen to make this my career so I have no choice but to overcome it. It’s uncomfortable but it’s normal. I just try remember my successes and remind myself that I enjoy art.

SITM: Why do you think you and SITM make such a great pair?

KD: Sock It to Me loves to collaborate and so do I. I’ve worked with them in the past. And because fun designs look great on socks!

See more from Kendra at theebouffants.com or follow her on Instagram @theebouffants.

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