Kim is such a joyful and exuberant human being who inspires all around her to see the positive side of life. Every time I hear from her I'm buoyed in spirit. There's something about her aura that imbues everything she touches and I'm so happy to call her a friend. Here's the lively interview I did with her several months ago.
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Kim: When I was a young child I remember always making something out of nothing. I am pretty sure my artistic abilities came from my dad. He had another profession, but I remember sitting at the table with him watching him draw. People were always asking him to do something, he was very talented artistically and design wise. I followed in his footsteps growing up. Creating art was my way of contributing through school, for friends and family and just enjoying my creative abilities. I did not really start making art and pursuing it for myself until my husband became ill in 2000. It was then that I needed a creative outlet and I began making ACEO cards, and started selling on Ebay. In 2009 my son and daughter began telling me about ETSY. It was in November of that year that I opened my shop IMGIRL.
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"Chase Your Dreams"
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"Breathe & Let Go"
Kim: Before my ETSY shop, I started selling art greeting cards in a couple artsy boutiques about an hour from where I live. After my ETSY shop opened, I branched out selling my art creations to a shop locally and one in Maine. I also sell through private commissions, craft art fairs when time permits and charity fund raisers. And of course, I sell through my shop IMGIRL on ETSY.
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Kim: LOL, there is no process to my creations. It is strictly my vivid imagination. I definitely follow where my art supplies take me. My process if you call it that begins with collecting supplies. My eye is always looking and dissecting images and my brain is processing what I can do with them. I do a lot of collage work, which I love, so photos, pictures and any paper items always catch my eye. For me, part of the joy of creating is in gathering my supplies. I love to have a menagerie of supplies in front of me when I begin. So for me, the story and creative process really begins with lots of supplies and some quiet moments when I can get them. I love not knowing where I will begin or where it will end.
Jenn: What are your favorite artist's supplies?
Kim: When I can’t find something I really need or there is just no substitute, I can always depend on “Blick Art Supplies” (Links in my sidebar!) and I just order it. Things I have ordered that I love and always have on hand are: Tim Holtz alcohol inks, Washi tape, Gesso, Copic markers, Neocolor II crayons, Faber-Castill Pitt art pens, glitter glue, and paint pens. Always a black and a white paint pen.
But most of the time, I use cheap acrylics and supplies I find at local craft stores like Michaels or Hobby Lobby. I love finding ways to use what I have available to me. Rather than throwing out, for instance, the cardboard pad that the frozen pizza sits on, I have used the cardboard for my art creations in postcards and tags. The plastic frozen food entrée containers make excellent containers to mix paint.
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Kim: I always surprise myself when I make anything. I have no formal art training and I just let my imagination and my heart work through my hands and guide me. When my creation is finished, I am like a little kid going “Look what I did”. I am most definitely the best fan of my own work. I always try to do what I love, so I am almost always happy with it. If it doesn’t sell, then I'm pretty satisfied with seeing it in my studio and looking at it myself. When I make something I love, it just keeps a smile on my face. When someone else loves it too? Well, it just doesn’t get any better than that.
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Skeleton Key Necklace
Kim: This is a hard question. On many occasions, I have started down a path with a piece and then wondered where I was going with it? I can almost always re-work it. I am almost always happy with my work. I prefer the beauty of imperfection rather than a perfected piece. I'm not sure if that is ignorance or just the signature of an artist. The works of any artist is certain to not to please everyone or even to be understood by everyone. I mean, look at Picasso, what was he thinking when he got up some days? As long as the piece is something I am pleased with, then it's steller to me and a signature of my art. Maybe one day, someone will be trying to figure out what the heck I was thinking!
Jenn: Is there anything else you'd like me to include about you or your art? (anything you'd like to elaborate on would be greatly helpful!)
Kim: Art has been such a process in my life. It has opened up so many avenues for me and has just made me look at the world around me and people more in depth, not just surface quality. I am more grateful, for everything. I have always been an incorrigible optimist, I always think I can. I have met so many strong incredible women and artists through my blog, just like yourself, (awww, thank you Kim!!) and I always learn something from each one of them. IMGIRL without wings… that's me. I have learned that if you try instead of waiting for things to happen, you will find that the things you think you can do, ...you actually can can. The things you can’t do, you learn from, and the places you can go are only up to you. Thank you Jenn, it has really been an honor for me to be a featured artist on your blog!
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- Kim's artwork is featured in the current issue (Sept/Oct 2012) of Somerset Studio and also Somerset Life. So cool Kim!!
- Blog: IMGIRL Without Wings
- Artwork: Living The Color-Filled Life
- Etsy Shop: IMGIRL
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