Kellie Kerr is the founder of The Kerr Collective, a collaborative space for creatives to develop and be inspired. A farm girl now living in Sydney, with a recent Diploma in Design and Styling, her inspiring Instagram is one to watch. Some of her favourite books include The Course of Love by Alain De Botton and The Rosie Project by Graeme Simison.
How did you decide what you wanted to do?
I am still wondering how I decided! when I get down to the simple reason as to why I enjoy my current role in sales/styling and study in styling, I love helping people. Making a vision or feeling come to life through fashion, events and interiors is really rewarding and creatively satisfying. My brain feels like it is spinning sometimes!
I started out as a Paediatric Speech Pathologist and enjoyed that profession, helping lots of lovely families in need. So, my career choices always come back to the simple act of helping someone solve a problem.
I feel so lucky to have such strong interests in two very different roles. Who knows what will happen in 10 years or so...?
What inspires you?
Travel and food, but mainly my Dad - a now retired Art/Design teacher. I feel he is my creative counterpart, biggest supporter and harshest critic all n one. I wouldn't have it any other way. We are also not allowed to be on the same team in family Pictionary - our minds are too alike!
Where must we all travel at least once in our lives?
Florence and the surrounding countryside. So much beautiful inspiration in architecture, colour, texture, art and food. Restaurant tip: visit Vivanda if you like a small, intimate restaurant with the most beautiful paddock-to-plate, grapes-to-glass, organic, family-owned restaurant I have ever been to.
You are compiling a weekend/road trip playlist. What do you add to it?
Classics, contemporary, easy listening and some dramatic vocals are all I need on my list:
Cavalier (The 1975 Remix) - James Vincent McMorrow
Dog Years - Maggie Rogers
Don't Stop Me Now - Queen
Stardust - Asgeir
Want You Back - Haim
I Can't Help Myself - Four Tops
Unexpected Feeling - Gretta Ray
666 - Bon Iver
Total Control - The Motels
Dreams - Fleetwood Mac
What are your favourite book/s?
The Course of Love by Alain De Botton
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simison
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote
The Boy Who was Raised as a Dog by Bruce Perry and Maia Szalavitz
Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
Is there a particular book that has changed your way of thinking?
The one book that comes to mind is The Box Man by Kobo Abe. The story follows the phenomenon of Box Men, men who chose to abandon their stable, established lives to live in a box. They are different from the homeless and beggars; the box is taller than it is wide and functions like a hermit crab's shell. They observe the world through a slit cut at eye-level in the box and wander the streets simply watching people without wanting to be seen. They are voyeurs.
Surprisingly, I did not enjoy this. This should have been more engrossing, but it's not. After reading Abe's The Woman in the Dunes, I had expected more than this. Read that instead.
Do you have a favourite book quote?
"It may be normal, darling; but I'd rather be natural." - Holiday (Holly) Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote
What author's work should everyone read at least once in his or her lifetime?
Hands down, Alain de Botton. His books are all eye-opening, relatable, beautifully and intelligently written. I am still making my way through them all and some of my favourites I have read multiple times.