Kossoma Kernem


I am French-Cambodian, born and raised in France and lived most of my adult life in Paris, Boston and now Te Whanganui a Tara (Wellington, New Zealand). I have a background of engineering and architecture and I probably love sewing because it aligns perfectly with that; the drafting, the construction, the textures… I don’t have a favorite thing to sew because I love a challenge and sewing something I have never tried before. I think I love the troubleshooting and hacking more than owning the final product. Even though, I am grateful for sewing: it made me love my body again and so happy for not having to step in a changing room ever again!

What influence does music have in your life as a creative?:

I tend to get very focused when I start working on something and sewing is no exception. So music does not really jog my creativity but really pulls me out of my thoughts/anxiety when I hear a beloved beat, makes my hips break a reggaeton move while ironing or makes me throw my hair back dramatically while sitting at my machine, pause and sing (scream) loudly with Alicia Keys. It brings me back to the present, to the feeling of the sunshine or the fabric on my skin, to the beat of my heart, to the joy I have of being alone in my sewing corner and be able to act as weird as I want, also, to pause for a second and check that I am not making any mistakes. It makes me realize that even if I like being productive, it’s nice to pause from time to time, even for a few seconds, and enjoy the process. To have more intention. To be more present.

Tell us about your playlist:

I “borrowed” this title from Magritte’s “Ceci n’est pas une pipe” because, as his painting was a representation of a pipe (but in itself was not a pipe, just a painting of it), this playlist is me but as a playlist. Each of these tracks have a distinct memory associated to them. So yes it is all over the place, because I am all over the place. It is a lot of feelings and a lot of styles. The Beatles and Total Eclipse of the Heart (I used to listen to the French version!) in the car with my Dad when I was a kid. My teenage years growing listening to Electro-Pop in France, my days clubbing on Electro and Latina music, my car commute playlist when I was working in Paris, some after-breakups songs, some hip-hop that I used to listen to in the US, the songs on our US West coast road trip.

So there, this playlist it’s me, or maybe my memories as music. I understand that it’s not for everyone but it makes me really happy. And because the order you listen to it doesn’t matter at all, I listed it by alphabetical order. Just hit shuffle, feel all the feels and dance your heart out.

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  1. Africa – TOTO
  2. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Stereo Version – Marvin Gaye, Tammi Terrell
  3. Alive – Sia
  4. Am I Wrong – Anderson .Paak, ScHoolboy Q
  5. April Come She Will – Simon & Garfunkel
  6. Australia – The Shins
  7. Back To You – From 13 Reasons Why – Season 2 Soundtrack – Selena Gomez
  8. Be Mine – Ofenbach
  9. Bohemian Rhapsody – Remastered 2011 – Queen
  10. Break My Heart – Dua Lipa
  11. Catch & Release – Deepend Remix – Matt Simons, Falco Van Den Aker, Bob Van Ratingen
  12. Cold Little Heart – Radio Edit – Michael Kiwanuka
  13. Come – Jain
  14. Daft Punk Is Playing at My House – LCD Soundsystem
  15. Dance Yrself Clean – LCD Soundsystem
  16. Dang! (feat. Anderson .Paak) – Mac Miller, Anderson .Paak
  17. Demons – Imagine Dragons
  18. Don’t Stop Me Now – Remastered 2011 – Queen
  19. Don’t You Know – Kungs, Jamie N Commons
  20. Drive My Car – Remastered – The Beatles
  21. Dura – Remix – Daddy Yankee, Natti Natasha, Becky G, Bad Bunny
  22. Échame La Culpa – Luis Fonsi, Demi Lovato
  23. Empire State Of Mind – JAY-Z, Alicia Keys
  24. Fallin’ – Alicia Keys
  25. Fallingwater – Maggie Rogers
  26. FALLINLOVE2NITE – Prince
  27. Fat Bottomed Girls – 2011 Remaster – Queen
  28. Feels Like Summer – Childish Gambino
  29. Float On – Modest Mouse
  30. Gnossienne: No. 1 – Erik Satie, Alexandre Tharaud
  31. Halcyon Birds – Broken Back
  32. Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger – Daft Punk
  33. Hey Brother – Avicii
  34. High On Life (feat. Bonn) – Martin Garrix, Bonn
  35. Home – Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
  36. I’d Rather Be With You [Radio Edit] – Joshua Radin
  37. It Ain’t Me (with Selena Gomez) – Kygo, Selena Gomez
  38. It’s Time – Imagine Dragons
  39. Jet Black (feat. Brandy) – Anderson .Paak, Brandy
  40. Knock You Down – Keri Hilson, Kanye West, Ne-Yo
  41. Like I Do – David Guetta, Martin Garrix, Brooks
  42. Lisztomania – Phoenix
  43. Mad Love – Sean Paul, David Guetta, Becky G
  44. Make It Better (feat. Smokey Robinson) – Anderson .Paak, Smokey Robinson
  45. Makeba – Jain
  46. More Than You Know – Axwell /\ Ingrosso
  47. Nervous – The Ooh Song: Mark McCabe Remix – Gavin James, Mark McCabe
  48. Obsesion – Aventura, Judy Santos
  49. On Melancholy Hill – Gorillaz
  50. Paris – The Chainsmokers
  51. People Everywhere (Still Alive) – Khruangbin
  52. Redbone – triple j Like A Version – Northeast Party House
  53. Remind Me to Forget – Kygo, Miguel
  54. Riptide – Vance Joy
  55. Robot Rock – Daft Punk
  56. Salt – Ava Max
  57. Scared to Be Lonely – Martin Garrix, Dua Lipa
  58. Should I Stay or Should I Go – Remastered – The Clash
  59. Simple Song – The Shins
  60. Snow (Hey Oh) – Red Hot Chili Peppers
  61. Solo (feat. Demi Lovato) – Clean Bandit, Demi Lovato
  62. Someone Great – LCD Soundsystem
  63. Something About Us – Daft Punk
  64. Stand by Me – Weezer
  65. Stolen Dance – Milky Chance
  66. Sugar – Maroon 5
  67. Summertime Sadness (Lana Del Rey Vs. Cedric Gervais) – Cedric Gervais Remix – Lana Del Rey, Cedric Gervais
  68. Superstition – Stevie Wonder
  69. That’s What I Like – Bruno Mars
  70. The Breach – Dustin Tebbutt
  71. The Greatest – Sia, Kendrick Lamar
  72. The Nights – Avicii
  73. The Scientist – Tyler Ward, Lindsey Stirling, Kina Grannis
  74. Ticket To Ride – Remastered – The Beatles
  75. Took a While – NEIL FRANCES
  76. Total Eclipse of the Heart – Bonnie Tyler
  77. Where Angels Fear To Tread – Disclosure
  78. X – Nicky Jam, J Balvin
  79. Young, Wild & Free (feat. Bruno Mars) – Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, Bruno Mars
  80. 50 Ways to Say Goodbye – Train
  81. Drive By – Train
  82. I Love It (feat. Charli XCX) – Icona Pop, Charli XCX
  83. Dynabeat – Jain
  84. LOVE. FEAT. ZACARI. – Kendrick Lamar, Zacari