The honesty, openness and strong love of love that shines out of today’s creative’s (@karapiercesaunderson on Instagram) work is enchanting yet deeply personal. Reading Kara’s work feels like dipping into a familiar and welcoming pool of water; it’s intoxicatingly beautiful yet warm and comforting, just as she hopes it to be.
Please may you introduce yourself and your practice.
Hey I’m Kara Pierce Saunderson (@karapiercesaunderson), I’m 21 years old and for the past 3 years I have been studying Fashion PR and Communications at London College of Fashion. Throughout this time I’ve become an avid writer and have recently started what I hope to someday be a book (big reach, I know).
How did you develop your practice?
I’ve been interested in writing for a long time but have never felt it was something I could turn into a career – it’s a competitive field and I have no idea where to begin. But after starting my book on a bit of a whim I began thinking it may well be worth a shot. It initially began as separate short pieces of work, all detailing past experiences of mine, until it started growing and I felt like it could be so much more than that. It’s now becoming a collection of essays that I’m pretty proud of and that I hope people will one day enjoy reading.
What inspires you and why do you love your practice?
I think many different things inspire me when it comes to writing, but ultimately when I’m writing about myself, my memories and my past experiences, it all comes from how I feel when I think about those certain events or periods of time. There are, of course, many authors who I deeply admire, including my dad (@tettig) and friends of mine (@imteddybless).
What does it mean to you to be a creative feminist?
I’ve grown up in a very liberal and respectful household, I’ve always been encouraged, congratulated and nurtured throughout my life, and I think this has hugely impacted the way I view myself and other women. I want to be able to do that for others. I want my writing to feel familiar and safe, like a soft childhood blanket being pulled over you and tucked in around your feet. For me, being a creative feminist means acknowledging my own privilege; writing for those who don’t have a voice; encouraging the women around me; congratulating my fellow creatives; nurturing my own art and theirs. Being kind is the ultimate life goal, and I want my writing to reflect that if nothing else.
I am sure we can all relate to certain aspects of Kara’s writing in one way or another, which is such a beautiful and connecting characteristic. So please give Kara an incredibly warm welcome to the fem fam community by following her page on Instagram – @karapiercesaunderson and by commenting your thoughts below; we are SO glad to have you Kara.
If you would like to work with Kara on a project please direct message her via Instagram.