KimSearle – Artist Blog
Updated: Feb 3
We are very excited to introduce you to Kim Searle, one of the artists who will be showcasing their work at featured@ fair trader for the next two months.
I love turning my hands to all things creative and finding a new craft that I click with is such a joyful experience. Providing this joy to other people through workshops is even better! I run creative workshops on a travelling basis as Darn It! Workshops, in galleries, community groups, festivals, events, creative spaces and more across the country. I love seeing different individuals approach art and craft techniques. I cover a wide variety of techniques including upcycling, Jesmonite, printing, candle making, macrame and more. Throughout all these I focus on wellbeing, creativity and sustainability.
I graduated from the University of Huddersfield BA Textile Crafts course in 2012 after specialising in Printmaking with an emphasis on creative work within communities. As part of my degree I studied abroad in both France and Finland, and learning new skills in these places gave me an eclectic skillset that I love to share with others. I’m from just outside London originally but West Yorkshire is such a beautiful place with so much creativity that I never left.
When I’m not teaching other people creative skills I love to try out new macrame techniques, upcycle vintage maps into wearable works of art and create unique pots out of Jesmonite. It’s such a versatile material that every one is different.
I love to support small businesses and Fair Trader has been one of my favourite spots since I first moved up north! There’s always something new and exciting and I can never leave without buying something. It’s a shop so rooted in the community and I love going in and seeing work from local artists. Having this pop-up with the other Thread RePublic co-founders feels like a perfect collaboration.
Kim Searle, January 2022
You can see a selection of Kim's work in the top room at Fair Trader during February and March.