We had the good fortune of connecting with Kelly Gale Amen and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kelly Gale, we’d love to hear what makes you happy.
Knowing that my energy could help make someone else’s life better by the exchange of their energy in mine. That’s what makes me happy. The idea that I can walk into a room – people love seeing me – and then when I leave, people say “I’m so glad he was here.” Whether that’s emotional, physical, financial – I love the fact that people love having my energy in their world.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’ve never worked a day in my life! I love what I do, and I let my art and my creative talent create the flow of my experiences. Having been in the industry for fifty years, I moved to Houston in 1972 and started my creative process. That was doing environmental spaces for clients, and bringing them into what I saw as the energy flow of three-dimensional space. In 1980, I started making pillows – which became fun for me. I then moved onto all-dimensional art. In the 90’s, I started my metal and wooden furniture, which is now collected in museums, parks, collections, and galleries. They are all seen globally as relevant parts of textile, metal, furniture fields – and above all rooms. I’ve always been doing three dimensional space, and filtering in with objects like pillows, cushions, furniture. I then started doing my fabrics in the 21st century. I have the Wood Bark series, and the KGA Art Furniture tapered leg that comes out as graphic. All of this is fun because it lets me continue to not only do the spaces, but add my own objects into the spaces. Now, what sets my interiors apart is the way I juxtapose objects. Mirrors, embracing colors, the lack of boundaries – these are all the elements that set me apart!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I think that we need to understand the amazing green space and public parks in Houston. We have various locations – Memorial Park, with hundreds of acres of green space, Herman Park, which is without question close to the museum district and the medical centre. The Medical Centre is the largest employer in Houston, and the museum district has the largest endowment in America. I also like going to the Postoke Hotel, with their amazing cafes and services. I love all the bars in the Galleria area. I love everything beautiful, 21st century and fun! We are also only 50 miles from the beaches of Galeston. The hill country is also only two hours away, and there you can take a complete break from the hustling and bustling of the city. Houston is this amazing complex that has circular transit around – it is a fabulous wheel that keeps in motion, with exit roots in the most exciting of directions. One axis – 45 south – takes you to NASA. How much more connected to the next millennia can that get?
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to shoutout to the amazing craftspeople who support and create the quality that I share with my clients. I always say that I’m only as good as the freedom of the client and the dedication of the craftspeople who facilitate my products – whether it’s textile, metal, structural. It’s all the freedom of the client letting me bring my people in to facilitate the dream.