Meet the Maker behind FAYCE
MEET KIM, the face behind FAYCE.
FAYCE focuses on creating patterns that are both modern and classic with subdued palettes, steeped in back stories and play well with a wide variety of aesthetics.
Kim has always loved patterns, composition, and story narratives. For ten years before starting FAYCE, Kim was an Illustrator for books and magazines. It was her job to break a story down into the simplest concepts and convey them in smart and meaningful ways. Throughout the years as an Illustrator, Kim began to realize that she wanted to create work that was more tactile and work that could enhance everyday life. Kim has never stopped breaking down concepts, always simplifying until whatever it is she is working on just “clicks” in her mind.
The inspiration behind FAYCE was to create simplified patterns that tell a story. Patterns and stories that aren’t always obvious, but make you look and maybe wonder what the ideas were behind them. It is exciting to Kim that even though a story might be obscure to the observer, even the most abstract and simplified shape can be steeped in a backstory. Creating patterns that aren’t easy to pigeonhole into a specific genre or trend is her guiding light.
“My vision is to keep creating interesting work, to stay true to myself, be authentic and never be influenced by trends.”
From her illustration practice, Kim became most comfortable drawing with charcoal pencils, which allow for the same control of graphite pencils, but with the added beauty of messy and rough textures. Whether it’s handprinted, digitally printed or embroidered, her use of line, texture and composition draw the eye around the surface creating just as much importance on the negative space as in the positive.
Throughout the eight years since FAYCE started, Kim has been working at a more sustainable, eco-friendly practice. Whether it is printing only with water-based inks or dyes, producing as locally as possible or using recycled or recyclable packaging, the environmental impact of FAYCE is always at the forefront of Kim’s mind.
Kim, like us, is a believer in ‘celebrating the imperfections’, saying they are “proof that the products were made with care, in small batches by human beings.” She believes that “flaws” are a reminder of where the materials come from and how they are made. We should all celebrate this transparency!”
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE PEOPLE TO KNOW OR UNDERSTAND MOST ABOUT WHAT YOU DO/HOW YOU DO IT?
“I would like people to know that I love my job and all that it entails. This career in textiles and wallpaper is a culmination of everything I have ever learned and utilizes all aspects of my professional experiences throughout the years. Whether working as an Illustrator or prior to that, an Art Director, Graphic Designer, working on movie sets, in printmaking studios, all of those invaluable experiences led me to FAYCE and I am extremely grateful and proud of this company I have built.”
Click here to indulge in Kim’s extraordinary wallpaper and textile collection.