The Full Story
Kim Cook is an award winning jewelry designer, fine artist and web designer who expresses her love of color through her work. With over 15 years of website and graphic design experience, Kim has worked with corporate, small business, and non-profit clients. She studied art at the University of Georgia and Kennesaw State University with an emphasis on 3D sculpture.
As a fine artist, she has worked in a range of media from acrylic and watercolor, mixed media, and pen and ink illustration. Her themes include abstract art that focuses on color and texture expression; acrylic floral themes, and the occasional animal/character. Recently her work has leaned into Asian influences, inspired by Japanese and Chinese landscapes with an abstract approach.
In 2010, she created her first jewelry line called Modern Naturals that ran until mid 2013. Modern Naturals focused on handmade copper and leather jewelry with crystal and gemstone accents. In 2013, Kim took second place in the Fire Mountain Gems and Beads Contest in the Metal Jewelry category. Her work was published later that year in the catalog and the website. Click here to see the winning design.
2014-2016 She explored abstract mixed media art by creating 24X24 wood panels and incorporating metal, paper, and fabric with paint. During this time, she was the vice president of the Artisan's Sanctuary, a non-profit artists cooperative. She showed her work frequently in the Cedar Rapids, Iowa area.
She reunited with her high school sweetheart in 2019, who inspired her acrylic painting and she moved to Olive Branch, MS. Several pieces of her work were published in 2019 in a women's anthology called "Blessed By Light: Works By Women For All" (edited by Elaine Brightman).
2019-2020 She focused on exploring jewelry again, but this time with polymer clay, utilizing her sculptural background. At the end of 2020, she was adding alcohol ink to her clays and started exploring the inks as a new medium with synthetic substrate. This has led to several collections of works in alcohol inks to include Geishas, birds and flower subject matter.
2021 she exhibited 10 pieces with the Southaven Arts Council at the Southaven, MS library. She has sold several pieces through T Clifton Gallery and Feelin' Memphis boutique in Memphis since 2021. In 2022 she continues to focus on the abstract floral themes and continues to explore new color combinations.