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Artist Spotlight: Kim Kirchstein

Kim Kirchstein is an artist specializing in hand-dyed silk scarves. For her business Leopold Designs, she uses the batik technique to create one-of-a-kind hand-dyed scarves, veils, and fabric. Kim enjoys making patterns using all sorts of found objects … from kitchen gadgets and tin cans to car gears.

When did you realize that you had a creative calling to fulfill? Visiting colleges … I walked in to the School of Art building at ECU — the smell of it (paints and clay, etc) won my heart!

If there were no limits to your creative pursuits, in terms of money, space, time, etc, what projects would you choose? I’d love to do photo silk-screen in addition to and conjunction with the batik. I’d also love to do some larger home and gallery pieces.

What do you do when you have artist’s block? I look up microscope images of nature or hit the antique store.

Where do you like to go when you want to get away from it all? I love the beach in winter or the mountains any time, but especially the fall!

Are you ready for The Handmade Market on Saturday, November 10?! Mark your calendars and don’t miss the Leopold Designs table — you’re sure to find something amazing among Kim’s assortment of hand-dyed silk goodness!

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