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May's Featured Artist: Kimberly Kalil

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Kimberly Kalil Saguaro Market's May Featured ArtistKimberly Kalil, a mixed media artist and lifetime desert dweller, is Saguaro Market's first ever featured artist. As part of the featured artist program we interviewed Kimberly to learn about her process and her art. Read on to learn what inspires Kimberly and keeps her motivated when a creative block strikes.

 


 

How long have you lived in Tucson? Where did you live before this?

I've lived in Tucson for 10 years now. Before that, I was living in Las Vegas. I was born and raised in High Desert of Southern California, so I've been a desert dweller most of my life.

How long have you been a maker?

I've been "making" most of my adult life, but I've really come into my own and found my voice as a maker in the last few years.

Can you share your creative process with us?

I love to play and am willing to try just about anything. I've made a point to set aside time each day to create. I typically go into my studio; turn on a book or a podcast; and create. I never really know what the end result will be, I'm really just looking for a feeling. When something feels happy to me, then I know I'm on the right track.

What tools do you use to create your art?

Since I'm a mixed-media artist, I use a ton of tools. Most days, I use acrylic paint, watercolors, fabric, thread, fiber, encaustics, wood and found objects. I use my sewing machine almost every day to add texture to my work. I use heat tools for the encaustic medium. I'm not a purist when it comes to any of my art ... I use whatever is close at hand and will get the job done.

Describe your style.

If I had to sum up my style in just a few words I'd say: abstract, bold, loud, colorful and happy.

What tools do you use to create your art?

Since I'm a mixed-media artist, I use a ton of tools. Most days, I use acrylic paint, watercolors, fabric, thread, fiber, encaustics, wood and found objects. I use my sewing machine almost every day to add texture to my work. I use heat tools for the encaustic medium. I'm not a purist when it comes to any of my art ... I use whatever is close at hand and will get the job done.

What inspires you or acts as your muse?

The desert inspires me. The sun rising and setting over the mountains. The stately saguaro cacti I see all around me. The prickly pear cacti in bloom.

What do you do when you hit a creative roadblock?

I take a break. I'll put whatever I'm working on aside and try working on something else. I've also found that getting outside is helpful. Taking a walk and being mindful of the things I see, smell, hear and feel.

Is there any part of the creative process that you don't enjoy?

Yes - the business side of being a creative. At some point, I feel like I need to take the piles and piles of art I have created and so something with them. And that feels daunting.

What's the best advice you've ever received? 

Just start. We spend a lot of time thinking about what we can do or want to do. Stop thinking and start doing.

What about your art are you most proud of?

It feels like me. I see it and it's like looking in the mirror.

What suggestions or tips can you share with new makers?

Be consistent. Even in the early stages consistently create. This will help you find your style. It will teach what works and doesn't work. I find the more I create, the more ideas I have.

How can we stay in touch with you?

http://www.kimberlykalil.com

https://www.etsy.com/shop/KimberlyKalilDesigns?ref=em

https://www.instagram.com/kimberlykalil/

https://www.facebook.com/kimberlykalildesigns

Can you give us a peak at what you'll be selling at the May market?

Kimberly Kalil Designs - lovely tote bags available at Saguaro Market's May gathering

The featured artist program aligns with Saguaro Market's vision to build the creative economy. As a featured artist, makers are invited to sell their artwork and interact directly with customers at a monthly market. Artists keep 100% of the proceeds of their sales at the market. Artists are also featured prominently on the Saguaro Market blog as well as in social media posts. 



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