May 14, 2021
Kim is an illustrator, painter, and surface designer. Her colorful, fun illustrations can be found on packaging, clothing, in magazines, and on murals throughout the world. She was born in Alaska, and moved all around the United States as a Coast Guard brat. Kim was greatly influenced by her few years living in Hawai’i as a child, and moved back in 2017 after eleven years in New York City.
When not drawing, Kim is traveling to new places far and wide, walking everywhere, playing guitar (check out her old band Puppies), reading, trying to pet all the dogs, or trying to figure out how to get on a sailboat. Favorite karaoke song: Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana.
Scroll down to read our Q&A with Kim for Artist Appreciation Month!
We caught up with Kim in honor of Artist Appreciation Month for a quick Q&A and a peek behind the scenes at her process and inspiration behind her art!
What was the inspiration behind the Wild Thing Collection?
I was so excited to begin working on the "Wild Thing" collection. Right off the bat, we decided to make a collection that could work for any occasion, so I knew I'd have more freedom in subject matter and theme. While this could seem daunting, I decided to go as weird as possible, and loved the idea of juxtaposing my favorite foods with nature- thus Plants n Junk was born. My blue tigers are always a hit, so I was excited to give them some new life on wrapping paper. And the positive phrases were so important to make during the pandemic. I've been trying to stay as positive as possible, and figured some affirmations on wrapping paper would be a nice reminder to folks opening gifts!
Can you share a favorite memory of unwrapping a gift?
One of my favorite gift-unwrapping stories was one Christmas when I was in high school. We were on the last few gifts, and my Mom saved the biggest box for last. As she went to unwrap the box, which was maybe 2 feet by 2 feet, she lifted the flaps and screamed in terror and jumped back. We wondered, what could've possibly gifted my Mom? Turned out there was a giant cricket trying to escape the box, and it jumped at the first opportunity! I forget what the actual gift was, but the cricket definitely wasn't part of it.
Can't get enough of Kim's Blue Tigers? Check out more of her work featuring her signature "Wild Thing" in paintings, murals and more!