Our first maker to tell her story is me. Yep me!
I’m Kim Clark and I started Hearts On Fiber in April of 2018, but really got going in the summer. I was inspired by the Needlecraft Center closing; our Community of Davidson was left with no place for fiber arts.
I consider myself very community focused, and I love making people feel proud of themselves. Whether it’s through taking a class or one on one sessions, I just want to help and inspire everyone to be their best crafty selves!
In our Meet the Makers series, we ask local artists and makers to answer some questions. Here are mine!
Who are you as a craftsperson?
I am a creator of all things. Seriously I just love to craft. I love knitting, crocheting, macrame, string art, painting. My favorite projects are the ones I have never done before. I like to be inspired by Pinterest or other artists. I’m famous for saying “I can make that!” And I do.
Tell us about your business/craft.
I started Hearts On Fiber for several reasons. First, because the Local Yarn Store had closed, and I felt that our town needed a new fiber store. Second, because I have always been a crafter and finally was ready to take a leap into the unknown world of art.
How are you motivated, what inspires you?
I’m inspired by the new and different. I am always looking for the intersection between crafts. I see projects that everyone else has done, and I think I like a little of this one, and a little of that one. Let me put it together to create something awesome.
What are your passions? (Does not have to be related to your craft or art)
I’m passionate about inspiring others. So much in this world, we can’t control. We can be eaten alive with the news. I think that we all have a bit of an artist in us. We just need to have someone help us see it. There is nothing better in this world to me than helping someone finish a craft or project and being so proud of themselves. It’s the best feeling!
What do you find the most frustrating or difficult in your creative process?
Mental blocks are very frustrating. But the most frustrating is comparing myself to others. Because I always want to do something different or better, I can doubt my abilities easily. I can get stuck in the creative process and scare myself silly. I think how someone is better, or I am never good enough, or won’t be as talented as this person. It’s very sad.
How do you overcome that challenge?
Well… I shift my thinking to abundance. We don’t have to be alike or copy others. We are all unique, and the world is an abundant place. Instead of thinking, I’m not good enough, I think the world is big enough for all of us, all of our talents. There is plenty for us all. This helps me push through self-doubt and on to creating.
What is your favorite tool, or the one crafter tool you couldn’t live without?
All of them, everything… I want all tools at my fingertips. Seriously though, my favorite tool is this little knitting kit I have. A friend gave it to me a long time ago. It has stitch markers, tapestry needles, cable needles, scissors, a tape measure. I try and take it everywhere I am just in case!
Is there a piece you’re most proud of? Why?
When I was in HS I created a pen and ink drawing (stippling) of a pig. It was so cute, and I am so proud of it. I won an award that year for this picture. I think that was the first time I figured out that I was a good artist.