Kim Ambrose, designer on Art Wow - interview
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Kimberley Ambrose – Impactful pattern and typography based designs

We are pleased to introduce one of our many talented Art Wow artists… Kimberley Ambrose! This Cambridgeshire-based artist creates unique patterns and typography pieces which are must-have designs for any home. We cannot wait to see what other designs she produces in the future, but for now, here’s a little Q+A with the artist herself…

Please tell us a little bit about yourself. What is your name? Where are you based? What does a typical day look like to you?

My name is Kim and I’m a 26 year old graphic designer based in Cambridgeshire. A typical day for me involves:  1. a lot of coffee and 2. a lot of drawing. I work my day job as a graphic artworker in Huntingdon and then in the evenings I sit on my iPad and get out any creative juices I have left!

How would you describe your style of work?

My style varies massively depending on what has inspired me or what mood I am in. If I am going through an anxious period it shows in my work and I will create whatever I can to inspire others to get out of theirs. I would say my main style is bold patterns.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given in life?

‘Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.’ I’ve never played baseball but the meaning behind this quote makes it my favourite.

What inspires you?

Everything!! My brain is pretty much always a mush of ideas: from something I have seen throughout my day, on a tv series or in the street.

Is there a piece of artwork on Art Wow that you are most proud of? Why?

Probably my ‘Abstract Woman And Leaves’ range. It may not be the most complicated or intricate piece but looking at it brings me peace and I love how simple it is.

If your artwork were music, what would it sound like?

90s hip hop.

What artist, past or present has inspired you?

Dimitra Milan is the artist whose work I like most.

Who are your biggest influences?

I love Catherine Critchley and Joanna Hawker on Instagram

What was the last gift you gave someone?

I sent my best friend a leopard print mug filled with Kinder Bueno and flowers.

How did you get started as an illustrator?

I studied product design at university and been teaching myself illustration since 2016.

If you were an animal, what would you be and why?

A dog probably – very excitable but could also sleep all day.

How did you develop your distinct style? Was it an experimental process?

There has definitely been a lot of experimenting and there is still a lot of improvement to come!

What have been your biggest creative challenges to date?

Before I had saved up enough money to buy my iPad I was trying to draw everything on a computer on photoshop with a mouse. It was a disaster for portraits!

In one word, describe how art makes you feel.

Free!

Check out all Kim’s amazing illustrations and art work in our store.

Amy Mahoney

Working for Art Wow was a natural choice for me! After graduating with a first from my Fine Art degree, I didn’t really know where in the art-world I fit in, but as soon as I started working at Art Wow I realised that my passion for art far exceeded just making it myself.  My role allows me to work with other artists to make their designs come to live through the products we hand-print, with me personally being the queen of mug printing. I am continually inspired by the work our artists create, with their being nothing more satisfying then printing a new design for the first time.

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