Katla and Hendrikka: International Women's Day
We collaborated with Icelandic artist Hendrikka to create a limited-edition capsule of “Wonderful Beings” t-shirts and hoodies that pay homage to the empowerment of women around the world.
A simple concept with a powerful message, Hendrikka created portraits of ladies with a single-ear motif. One interpretation is that in today’s world, with an influx of information coming from every direction, you don’t have to listen to everything. The portraits pay tribute to women who have forged their own path in life rather than following conventional wisdom. Yet ultimately the motif leaves itself open to interpretation –open to boundless possibilities from one viewer to the next.
“Respect for people, animals, and the environment is rooted in Katla’s DNA,” said Hendrikka Waage. “It was a natural extension of my creative process to partner with Katla to depict the power of women around the world.”
Katla and Hendrikka share a unifying ethos of respect for people and desire to contribute to the empowerment of women of all races and backgrounds. Hence, it is especially fitting the collaboration launches on International Women‘s Day.
Read below for our one-on-one exclusive interview with Icelandic artist Hendrikka.
Q: In a few words, what do the “Wonderful Beings” mean to you?
A: Joy, diversity, sensitivity, and strength.
Q: Please share with us the symbolism behind the single-ear motif in the portraits of the painted ladies.
A: The motif is open to interpretation, but one interpretation is that in today’s world, with an influx of information coming from every direction, you don’t have to listen to everything. The portraits pay tribute to women who have forged their own path in life rather than following conventional wisdom. Ultimately the motif is open-ended–open to boundless possibilities from one viewer to the next.
Q: In honor of International Women's Day, who is a woman in your life who has influenced and inspired you? Why?
A: So many women have inspired my life. Yet the woman who stands out to me most is my mother. In the early 90’s she encouraged me to earn my BS and Master’s degrees and instilled in me how to be independent. Her own life was a reflection of that - she raised four daughters, went to university and started her own company, which in those days was not common at all. She also taught me the importance of standing up for those who don’t have a voice. My mother had limitless warmth and compassion which is something I cherish and strive to emulate.
Q: What was your process like in creating the “Wonderful Beings?” Can you share the techniques you used?
A: I have studied drawing and painting throughout my life, inspired by my late mother who also painted from a very young age. Our home was very artistic. I began as a jewelry designer so designing and creating has always come naturally to me. I began painting these characters that I call “Wonderful Beings” after studying at the London Academy of Arts, where my teacher said that my paintings have an inimitable style and encouraged me to pursue them. I use many vibrant colours as I believe that rich colours enrich our lives. I use mixed media of oil, oil pastels and even graphics.
Q: Both you and Aslaug are from Iceland! How does the spirit of Iceland influence your art?
A: I was raised in a truly entrepreneurial and artistic environment that continues to influence my art in countless ways. The spirit of Iceland is always in me!
Q: What are the sources of inspiration for your art?
A: My work and style reflect inspiration from my travels and the countries in which I have lived including Japan, Russia, India, USA, UK, and Iceland. Each of these countries has a rich cultural tradition which I love to draw inspiration from. I currently split my time between London and Reykjavik.
Q: Do you have a life motto?
A: “Creativity is my driving force”