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Meet Kimberly Corday

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kimberly Corday.

Kimberly, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I can’t recall a time when I wasn’t creating or at least seeking out inspiration. As a kid, I’d carve little portraits into the kitchen table (sorry mom) and spend hours feasting my eyes upon impressionist paintings at local museums (again, sorry mom).

Thankfully, my high school welcomed artists with open arms- shout out to my painting teacher Mrs. Tremante who’s guidance and emphasis on diligence equipped me for all my future creative endeavors. I went on to study painting at the Rhode Island School of Design (a whirlwind of an experience, one that I miss every day).

Like a true Angeleno, I moved right back to my hometown in pursuit of warmer weather and a career as a studio artist. It wasn’t until these postgraduate years that I picked up textile arts. In 2016, I taught myself how to weave on a dinky table loom using butchers twine.

What started as an experiment in new material slowly turned into a string (haha) of exhibitions and custom pieces for boutiques and restaurants from LA to Brooklyn. I met some really beautiful people along the way and gained a new respect for independent makers.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I’ve experienced my fair share of challenges- but that’s what I signed up for. Since graduating from RISD, I’ve changed my career course countless times and dabbled in a dizzying number of mediums/fields.

Four years ago, I would have told you I wanted to be a studio artist on the roster of various LA galleries… but long spells of solitude in my workspace paired with strenuous self-promotion forced me to switch gears. Since then, I’ve only signed onto collaborative efforts like art direction, photography for editorials and, most recently, set decoration.

At the risk of sounding trite, I’m still “figuring myself out.” It’s tough learning how to float rather than flail in uncertain waters. The other day I read that Picasso did set and costume design for a ballet company and was like “was there anything the man *didn’t* do?!”

Despite some disapproval, he hopped between disparate media (ceramics, light drawings, welding, painting, etc.) well into his eighties so as to never be tied to one form of expression. This is a thought I hold onto that keeps me grounded during this career limbo.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
I’m aiming for a balance between working on set and in the studio. I’m happiest when I devote my time to both collaborative efforts and solo projects.

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Image Credit:
Emma Marie Jenkins, Fredrik Nilsen

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