Elise Cakebread is a textile-based artist and designer. She founded her textile design studio Cakebread in 2013.
Driven by experimentation within traditional textile processes and techniques, her work focuses on the tensions created by the unusual or unexpected contrasts that emerge between materials, forms, colours, textures and scale. Through these methods she explores ideas of materiality, tactility, craft, disposability and the ornamental. Her cross-disciplinary approach gives life to sculptural work, decorative objects, accessories and soft furnishings.
OBJECT SHOP MAKER Q&A
What is your 'origin story'?! Where did it all start?
I originally studied a Bachelor of Creative Arts and dabbled in art history, drawing and theatre studies, whilst also doing a fair bit of travel. I even had a stint interning at a glove atelier in France – and it was at that time that I decided what I really wanted to do was design and make things. I knew that my skills weren’t at the level I wanted them to be and so I came back home and enrolled in the BA in Textile Design at RMIT. After Studying I freelanced as a commercial textile designer whilst working on my own creative projects and after being offered some large commissions decided to take the plunge and launch my own business. Even though it feels like I’ve been making all sorts of things and honing my skills for a long time my business is still quite new.
Describe the last thing you made?
I'm currently in a production phase - so lots and lots of knitted cushions!
What part of the making process do you enjoy the most?
The experimental stage, when I'm just playing around with techniques, ideas and materials and then suddenly something new and interesting starts to emerge from out of the chaos.
What's next on the horizon for you?
I’m currently working on a new collection of custom passementerie as well as some large sculptural pieces for an installation, so I’m developing and teaching myself lots of new techniques – I’m still in the ‘mucking around’ stage so my future plan is to actually master all those techniques!
Image: Sublime Magic, Elise Cakebread. Photo: Michael Quinlan