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Kim Parker. From Flautist to Florals

July 29, 2011

I’m someone who is always drawn to hearing how people have managed to change their careers,

hence I found Kim Parkers’ story pretty fascinating. She is an internationally acclaimed artist,

textile designer and author. The British press have called her “the American queen of floral design,

and a pioneer of the new revolution in bold color and pattern design.”

Did you train as a designer?

” No, I trained as a flautist. It wasn’t until my late 20s that I started to think about a career in design.

I’d graduated with a BA in music in 1985, then in 1987 I took my first two painting classes – one in

colour theory and one in oil painting. After a brief time teaching and playing music in Belgium,

I switched to design. My first job was as a colourist in the fashion and textile industry.”

Where did you develop your talent for working with colour and prints?

” By the time I was four, I was producing literally hundreds of bookmarks with tiny floral and geometric

patterns on them. I don’t know where it came from, other than that my parents were talented artists and

musicians, and very early on they introduced me to painters such as Vuillard, Bonnard and Matisse.

I was in awe of these painters’ abilities to combine densely populated patterns on wallpapers, rugs and

upholstery in a room to the point where you couldn’t easily identify the figure.”

” I think my understanding of the interplay between colour and pattern comes from my familiarity

with paintings, fabric designs and even music, since music involves an understanding of rhythm

and dissonance.” (taken from an interview in the Guardian UK in 2005).

Kim produces a wide range of products including rugs, cushions, fabric, books alongside her paintings,

which she also sells on her site, what clever marketing.

If you’re not so keen on florals, Kim also paints a line of abstracts too, and I bet the colours are even

richer than can be shown here. A great inspiration to us all !






2 Comments leave one →
  1. Claire permalink
    July 30, 2011 6:03 pm

    I LOVE Kim Parker! Are we connected in an art, mind meld type way in that we like the same artists so much?! Thanks for posting all that – off to pin more to my Pinterest board!

    • August 1, 2011 9:29 am

      No problem at all, thanks for reading and appreciating lol

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