Flights Of Fancy

Interview by Caitlin de Laure
Photography by Jovian Lim

A free-spirited illustrator that has been gaining ground in the design scene, Kuanth, or Kuan Teck Harn, has been collaborating with IGC since 2014. Having previously worked in publishing and advertising, Kuanth has since made his passion his sole profession. Although he has designed for numerous commercial projects, his whimsicality doesn’t cease to pervade his work.

However, one does wonder how IGC × Kuanth came about, seeing as IGC is inclined towards muted colours and clean, soft tailoring while his illustrations are chromatically vibrant and effervescent. Kuanth speaks more on how the seeds of this curious collaboration were sown and what has come to fruition since.

Please tell us more about yourself.

I’m a full time freelancer and dreamer. So, I draw and design for a living, and I dream about what a blank canvas can turn out to be, and how discarded materials can transform into something else.

Would you mind sharing what you get up to when you are not designing?

Well, I am into crafts—mainly pottery and more recently, wood carving. I have always loved crafts since I was a kid. I appreciate handmade things—the dedication, patience and perseverance a craftsman gives to create something. I also love spending time with my dog, Noody.

When did your inclination for illustration begin and what prompted your career switch?

It started back in the days when I was contributing a lot to a Hong Kong magazine called Amoeba; I had so much freedom to express myself and to experiment. So, I thought to myself, instead of working in advertising, why not do this for a change?

How would you describe your style?

“Adaptive”, if you are talking about commercial work. (laughs) Otherwise, child-like, quirky and innocent.

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