kimberly robak radke
1. I love a challenge when it as to do with being creative and a budget that must be met either "there's no money for this project" or "all the funds you need" . this always promotes growth.
2. The "End Result" is the Glory for me. That look on your Clients please and thrilled face or the sound they make biting into something scrumptious and delightful. That's the best feeling as a professional artist. I feel blessed and thankful.
3. If I wasn't doing this I'd Cook-Bake in a Little Afternoon Cafe' filled with sweet aroma.
4. The greatest joy and love is Family, being a Mother, an the cherry on top is having the love of a supportive sweet man, that isn't artsy. He's very patient. I removed our kitchen/dining table and replaced it with a studio table. we eat standing up, no just kidding, we gather together for dinner by a shorter table in the living room.
What got you started crafting?
Well I wasn't much of a crafter when I was young...
I loved to Colour and Draw, I was always told that my drawing was a God given talent from a very young age,
which is the same for my 16 year old, she is very talented and creative. I'm proud of this, like passing the heritage or torch, to carry forward.
My Mother is a beader and seamtress/quilter.
My Stepfather a Amazing Professional Watercolour Artist, Robert Kakaygeesick.
It flatters me that he loves my work.
My Aunt is seamtress.
So all these people fed me with creativity.
I must say that the journey to this point in my life is the collection of all the years, as a Head Cook, Autistic Support Worker, Restaurant Manager. All has rolled into my creative drive. I 'm comfortable in my career as a Graphic Artist it's where I should have always stayed, it's where I belong. It's home and it never feels like Work. to take old used things and re-purpose them, and create something unusable and interesting. To make it a conversation piece. I have always had the thoughts and the idea yet never saw anything like my vision out there, but knew that I could create it, but would it be thought of as WOW. The encouragement came from family to continue.
So with my collection of ramdom things to play with played out and creations were born. My favorite elements are PAINT, paper, material and glue & the feeling of my hands creating the vision.
What is your source of inspiration?
Colour and my teenagers' desitre to stay current - to show them that things can be reused repurposed upcycled. When I get a call to create something it's my Vitamin.
What have you made recently?
I'm working with some recycled leather and teacups. looking at Pendant again. and I love the comments these get. I came a cross some teacups at a second hand store and it had the prettiest colours and design and I wanted to wear it some how to show off this gorgeous piece of art in my hand.
I also have my paint out to finish my Christmas cards.
Where do you sell your crafts presently?
Mostly by word of mouth. I stay pretty busy!
And I do craft sales & events during the fall. I stay in our surrounding area / City = Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada.
I'm only 4 hours away from Grand Forks ND USA
I aspire to travel. Call me ;)
Why are handmade crafts important to you?
I can buy mass produced but why, I really want to see something unique and and artful that has depth and thought behind it where you can feel that it was created with care love.
kimberly robak radke