We caught up with South East London based designer Kay Davis, a Central Saint Martins graduate with a vibrant style. As well as customising our products through out DIY DOC’S series, Kay Davis has joined us in stores across London to showcase her bold designs through free customisation sessions. We caught up with her to find out more about her inspiration, and what she stands for…
I’m a black female visual artist based in London. My creations vary from illustration, painting and knitwear. I love experimenting and playing with different mediums. Right now I’m really into creating accessories and repeated print patterns. A lot of my influences come from childhood narratives and being of Caribbean heritage.
Can you talk us through your recent Dr. Martens in-store customisation events?
So far I’ve had the pleasure of doing in-store customisation’s in London stores; Camden, Covent Garden, Carnaby Street and most recent Oxford Street.
With each customisation I try to raise the bar by challenging my previous work. I’ve loved the brand and had all these ideas running wild in my mind since I was a sales associate selling shoes. So now that I’m in the position to express myself as an artist I don’t take the opportunity for granted. I’d really love to have my own Dr. Martens collection in the future.
Right now I’m really into creating accessories and repeated print patterns. A lot of my influences come from childhood narratives and being of Caribbean heritage.
How would you describe your style?
I’m pretty laid back and wear overalls on most days but I really love bright cheerful colours, bleached denim, pattern design and layering textures. My go to thing is a great jacket, statement footwear and accessories. I feel that these things can pull any look together. I really admire Tyler The Creator’s ability to play with colour and think independently. I think he’s the coolest.
What does Dr. Martens mean to you?
Transition. I feel like I have a pair Docs that represent my personal journey through out my teens and 20’s. From being fired at one of my first jobs after buying a pair of 1460’s on my lunch break, to being able to run and dance in a pair of heels during nights out in London. For every major event in my life I’ve more that likely been wearing a pair of Docs.
And finally, what do you stand for?
I stand for living in my truth. My advice would be not to play yourself, and to listen carefully to your intuition.