Monday, May 26, 2008

Summer Designer Reveal!!

Kimberly Kwan

More than you ever wanted to know about Kim...

She grew up in sunny Southern California and still swears there is salt-water and sand in her veins.

She lives in Sunny Scottsdale, AZ most of the year, but escapes to Channel Islands Beach, CA for most of June & July where she can be found with her butt parked on the sand and her nose in a book.

She has three kids (Steven, Alexis and Olivia), a 90 pound Golden Retriever named Sam.

She has been scrapbooking in some form or another most of her life, but addictively since 1997.

She travels across the US and internationally teaching at scrap-booking and mixed-media art events such as Silver Bella (2006, 2007, 2008), Sparkle Bella and Version Scrap Paris (2007 & 2008)

She was a regular contributing writer and designer for Scrapbook Answers Magazine for over a year and designed for Daisy D’s Paper for four years. She also participated on the Art Warehouse design team for a year.

She counts among her wonderfully generous and regular sponsors: Bazzill Basics Paper, LUXE Designs, Maya Road, Melissa Frances, Rouge de Garance, May Arts, Fiskars and Hewlitt Packard.

Scrapbooking is in her veins, but mixed media and altered art are her passions!

She as a bad sugar addiction.

She is a Usui Reiki Master/Teacher.

She has been a photo-holic for most of her life, taking portraits professionally since 2000.

Her kids rarely see her face unobscured by a large black camera.

She is an honorary Chinese chick by marriage (and probably the only blonde Kwan you will ever meet) and is learning Mandarin with her kids.

She is an admitted techno-geek and loves all kinds of gadgetry and technology related stuff

Three words that best describe Kim: compassionate, exuberant and organized.

She is nearly fluent in Spanish and knows how to say dirty words in Cantonese.

She graduated from UC San Diego with a degree in Philosophy and is STILL scanning the Help Wanted ads for jobs in that particular specialty.

She could eat Mexican food every meal, every day for the rest of her life.
although she loves diamonds, she'd rather receive camera equipment as gifts on special occasions.

She has a professional background in motivational speaking and worked for years as a technical designer, writer and teacher for accounting and management software companies.

Clutter freaks her out in every area of her life except her studio, where she finds it oddly stimulating.

She does not possess an “edit” button, so what you see is what you get (and more often what you’ll hear) from her.

You should NEVER give her a microphone if you ever intend on getting it back.

After owning a small chain of pizza delivery shops, Kim can still toss a mean pie.
her favorite art products are her ginormous collection of vintage “crap” and her Golden mediums. She is also quite fond of paint, ribbon and “rubber.”

Her husband David and she are forever on the quest for the perfect margarita, but will settle for good red wine in pinch.

She uses Nikon cameras and glass exclusively.

She has never met a carbohydrate she didn’t like.

She is a committed volunteer for Girl Scouts and the American Child Photographers Charity Guild.

She is a huge audiophile, favoring 80's alternative and old school R&B.
her favorite color is rich, jewel purple.

She can tie cherry stems in knots with her tongue.

You can view her art and awesome photography on her Blog:

Please join me in giving Kim a warm Welcome to the Homegrown Summer Survival Series!!
We look forward to her inspiration!!

Enjoy your Monday!!


MarieP said...

OMG! Personality, style, and to spare! Welcome, Kim, looking forward to seeing your work for Summer Survival!

Leena said...

I can't wait to see her work in the Summer Survival! Gorgeous projects Kim!! LOVE them all!!

Michelle*G said...

This is cool! Love her work and can't wait to be inspired by her! Welcome Kim! :)

Kim Kwan said...

Bust out the paint, adhesives and GLITTER, girls! We're in for a super great summer!!

Lori Gentile said...

Woo hoo! Glitter and paint sound like a fab time! We're so excited to have you, Kim!

April said...

I can't wait to see what you have in store for us. I love anything that sparkles and anything with ink on it.