20 QUESTIONS, 9 CREATIVES
Artist: Wayne Pate
artist, illustrator, former DJ and graphic designer, collaborator, collector.
Next up this morning is Brooklyn based artist and textile designer, Wayne Pate. I don't know about you but I am slightly obsessed with Wayne's work. I have followed him since his illustrations first graced the pages of World of Interiors, back in 2015 and ever since his Instagram feed has been one of my favourites.
I could fill our home with his paintings and never tire - helps that his look is constantly evolving and following a 12 month sabbatical in Paris, that began in the summer of 2018, Wayne's work has grown immensely in stature, presence and style - often featuring decorative pieces collected on his travels. The only problem is, every time a new painting flashes up on my Instagram feed, I can feel the buy me button talking to me! To say I am a fan is an understatement. And it seems I am not alone. He has charmed the design world and during his time in Paris and Provence collaborated with the equally brilliant, Atelier Vime, on a collection of hand-painted shades. It feels this was a match made in heaven and I hope more projects together will unfold. Collaborations have followed too with Saved, on covetable throws and cushions and Studio Four NYC with textiles and wallpapers.
Matisse is clearly an influence, but Wayne's fun take on abstract pattern, line and motifs is uniquely fresh, playful, contemporary and timeless - all in one hit. Art is both an aesthetic passion and an investment - for me Wayne ticks both boxes. So who is Wayne? Brought up in Texas, he moved to New York to become a DJ and graphic designer, before following his heart and taking up the role of artist - no formal training, no art school, but with self taught creative talents that clearly formed at a young age. Now married to fashion designer, Rebecca Taylor, they have three children, and live in a Brooklyn Brownstone. I was lucky to chat with Wayne in 2018, just as he has packing up New York, to leave for the family's Paris sabbatical - charming, down to earth and real, it was a pleasure to talk with him then and great to revisit now, for this behind closed doors Q&A. Thank you Wayne!
How has your home evolved during lockdown? Funnily enough it has become tidier on a daily basis. It’s also become a mini classroom, as I have three children doing virtual learning all at once in different rooms!
How has your work had to adapt? For now, due to my son using my office for his virtual learning, I have resorted to working on the dining room table, which also means I have to work on a smaller scale. This allows me to work faster and produce more and eventually some pieces will develop into larger pieces.
What projects have you been dreaming up? Mostly projects for my own work these days. As I incorporate a lot of paper collage in my work, I’m always experimenting with ways of applying it in a larger scale and directly onto walls in the coming months hopefully. As I work alone without any assistants, working with collage at a large scale becomes a bit tricky.
How has your neighbourhood come together? It’s hard to say really, the one direct way is in the evening when we all come outside at 7:00PM and cheer on the health care workers for their service, as the rest of the world does.
Acts of kindness - to you / by you? We all try and find things that we can do - for me I’ve been offering free shipping for any work purchased during this time, offering to buy provisions from the grocer for the older people on our block and my wife has been sewing masks for friends and our neighbours.
Favourite space in the house to escape to? At the moment it’s the grill on the back terrace of our Brownstone. It’s a gas grill so it is easy to get it going and grill some fish or chicken. Glass of wine and WorldWide FM playing on my phone. It’s primal!
Jobs in the house ticked off the list? Chipping away at the downstairs kitchen which has become a storage depot for anything and everything. Lot’s of rattan bins and baskets have been bought for storing.
New daily rituals? As I did when living in Paris, I get up, make a pot of tea and get right to work at the dining table. While the kids are holding class hours I also take time to pop out for necessities and provisions for the evening supper.
Early morning fitness or another biscuit please? Another glass please! I have actually started doing a few sit ups and push ups in the morning just as a suggestion of being more balanced!
What’s in your vase? Dust I’m afraid, in these times it’s hard to get quality flowers and all the good florists are closed around me. The grocer offering of flowers just aren’t up to scratch.
What’s on the menu? We love farro and especially at the moment, it’s easy to prepare and you can add anything to it! Lot’s of burgers (my grilling ritual for getting through) and tacos.
Favourite tipple to get you through? It’s pretty uneventful as I only drink wine, so it really bounces between rosé or white, only red when it’s a really good vintage.
What book is on your bedside? A very dry read “Parisians” - tales of monumental moments that define Parisians and it’s culture through the centuries. As I’m not a avid reader I’ve been chipping away at it for some time now.
What tunes are playing? As I was a DJ for many years in my 20’s and early 30’s and played a very eclectic mix of music, nothing poppy though. Nowadays, it’s listening to Gilles Peterson and pretty much anything on the excellent WorldWideFM.net
News updates or podcasts? The New York Times “The Daily” podcast and the BBC World Service for unbiased news.
Which IG accounts have inspired you? Oh this becomes a bit tricky as you are afraid to leave someone out. I have lately been enjoying visiting Artist Foundation websites such as the @williamscott_archive
What have you missed the most? The obvious I think: friends and the energy of the neighborhood on the weekends. In addition I miss our derailed plans that were underway in planning to move back to Paris in 2021.
What distractions are getting you through? Boring enough but it would be the additional house cleaning that we find ourselves taking on.
Zoom backview? A wall with a piece of vintage French Indigo ikat fabric hanging on it as the background.
What has your home meant to you over this time? The essential purpose of a house really - safety & security. Inspiring in some ways and we are really blessed and fortunate to have it.