At Home With Kate Parfet | V23.

05.10.2021

At Home With Kate Parfet

We've worked with Kate before, but this time we spent the day at her place in Silverlake and got to know her even better. She's an avid reader, published poet, and has exquisite taste (in everything). Seriously, she played the best music all day. Meet the coolest chick on the planet, Kate Parfet.

At Home With Kate Parfet

YOU HAVE BOOKS IN YOUR DRESSER DRAWERS INSTEAD OF CLOTHES, AND YOU ARE ALSO A PUBLISHED POET - WHAT BOOK OR AUTHOR DO YOU CONSIDER YOUR BIGGEST INFLUENCE?

Going to my nightstand for recent references… Holly Prado for her memoirs of California. Anais Nin for her erotica. Karen Green for her raw, unexpected humor.

TELL US MORE ABOUT YOUR FIRST BOOK AND THE SECOND BOOK YOU ARE CURRENTLY WRITING?

I collaborated with Autre Magazine on the first book which centered around themes of connection, loss, and reconciliation of self. I’m currently editing the second. In some ways it’s an extension of the first but with more layers and questions.

At Home With Kate Parfet

WHAT WAS AN EARLY EXPERIENCE WHERE YOU LEARNED THAT WORDS HAD POWER?

I used to sneak and watch MTV Unplugged at my grandparents’ house. I remember being floored by Alanis Morisette. Her lyrics gave me permission to express versus suppress healthy emotions like anger.

DOES WRITING ENERGIZE OR EXHAUST YOU?

The idea of writing can feel daunting at times, but once I’m inside a poem it’s like a meditative state. Picking apart words and reworking breath patterns just feels good. 

At Home With Kate Parfet

YOUR HOME HAS THE MOST INCREDIBLE ENERGY. WHAT WERE YOUR INSPIRATIONS WHEN CREATING YOUR SPACE?

Thank you. I feel really lucky to look out on a body of water (The Silver Lake Reservoir). It was my saving grace during the longest stretch of quarantine. Because the house is older with quirky details, I’ve tried to keep an earthy minimal palette. I’m forever inspired by the simple elegance of small towns in Southern Italy like Puglia and Lecce.

WHICH IS YOUR FAVORITE PIECE OF ART IN YOUR HOME?

My Mattea Perrotta. The colors are perfect.

At Home With Kate Parfet

WE WANT EVERYONE TO HEAR THE PLAYLIST YOU HAD ON DURING OUR SHOOT (WE’RE OBSESSED). CAN YOU SHARE IT WITH US?

I actually think it was on shuffle but here are some of the constants we heard a few times round:

  • California Soul, Marlena Shaw
  • For Once in My Life, Stevie Wonder
  • Once in A Lifetime, Talking Heads
  • If You Want Me To Stay, Sty & The Family Stone
  • Sunny, Bobby Hebb
  • The Magnificent Seven, The Clash
  • Just Dropped In, Kenny Rodgers & The First Edition
  • Wild World, Cat Stevens

WHAT DOES “PERFECTLY UNDONE” MEAN TO YOU?

My boyfriend in a tee-shirt and Levi’s when we walk to coffee. 

At Home With Kate Parfet

 

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