Artist

Warm the body. Ignite the spirit.

A story steeped in tradition.

“When I was 22, I learned how to quilt the traditional way from my grandmother.  That summer changed my life.  I’m not sure if it was learning a time-honored tradition from my grandmother or if it was the time we spent together. Years later I was exposed to a more modern approach and was inspired to put myself and experiences into storytelling quilts. For me, it was a new creative awakening.”

Igniting the spirit

Growing up, Kim was immersed in the artistic process. Her mother nurtured her creative spirit and her aunt, established African American artist Brenda Joysmith, modeled for her how to master an art form. While working in an African American art gallery though college and graduate school, Kim was exposed to hundreds of artists and thousands of people who loved their work.  She decided to fuse art and business in her career while finding her own medium. During that time, her paternal grandmother taught her how to quilt.  

Kim evolved her approach to quilting, and began putting herself, her experiences, and storytelling into her pieces. Instantly recognized as unique, Kim was invited to exhibit in her first show at 28.  Since that time, Kim has exhibited at several shows episodically while she pursued her career and became a wife and mother. In 2018, a fellow quilt artist invited Kim to show two new pieces. Despite her apprehension and amidst life being pulled in several directions. Kim fell in love again. Her new life noticeably elevated her work.  The reaction to that exhibit reaffirmed her passion and with renewed interest from the art world, Kim secured her first solo exhibition in May 2020.  

Kim works almost exclusively with Indonesian batik fabric because of their color vibrancy, symbolic meaning and workmanship.  Batiks are hand dyed giving no two pieces the same effect. She believes their variation brings movement to and enhances the emotion of her pieces.   “Fabrics speak to me and the emotion they convey are often my inspiration.”  Kim loves putting fabrics together in ways that says something unique and powerful – to tell stories, to share wisdom, to inspire, and to help others, especially women, pause, examine, imagine, and endure.

Artist Statement

I believe in creativity, authenticity, growth and beautiful, inspirational things.  I love color and overcoming the visual challenge of putting them together to create imagery.  My work fuses the human emotional journey with a time-honored tradition. I work to create pieces that elicit a familiar emotional reaction.  Emotion is the thread that connects all people. Through these sacred sources I find my creative voice to tell impactful visual stories that ignite the human spirit.

I believe we all need a creative outlet and quilting is so steeped in tradition its irresistible to me.  As a black female, I’m deeply connected to the rich history of quilt making in African-American culture. Quilts told stories of my ancestor’s lives, reflected their dreams, kept their secrets, reflected their hopes, and preserved their aspirations against hardship and obstacles to joy. Quilts even marked paths to freedom. 

I create fabric art that affirms the beauty of the human essence, our experiences, our value and our strength.  I fall in love again every time I make a quilt.

Preparing for her first solo exhibition. Now in 2021.

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