Meet our maker we love, Kim Fox the artist behind Worker Bird. Learn how Kim's rural PA roots and love for the burgh have influenced her art career and inspired her beautiful tin quilts and her new City of Bridges art prints.
Kim Fox/Worker Bird - Artist
TELL US ABOUT YOUR BRAND AND WHY IT’S THE BEST
I put my heart into everything I make.
WHAT IS YOUR BACKGROUND AND THE STORY BEHIND WHY YOU STARTED WORKER BIRD?
Kim Fox was born in New Wilmington, PA and raised in Stahlstown, PA, a rural area east of Pittsburgh. She currently resides in Mt. Lebanon, PA, a “streetcar suburb” of Pittsburgh. She earned her BFA in Printmaking from the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC, in 1994.
Her childhood in rural Western Pennsylvania informs her aesthetic, subject matter and choice of materials. She has been making art and showing her work for fifteen years - beginning with more traditional painting and collage when she lived in Florida. After moving back to Pennsylvania and reclaiming her roots, she started to explore the regional arts and crafts with a more rural bent. Five years ago she began working with vintage tins and salvaged wood and patchworking the tin in a way that felt like quilting. Currently, she is researching traditional quilting and the stories behind the patterns. Her tin quilts have been shown in “New Order: Collage Now” at the Future Tenant Gallery and at SPACE Gallery, in Pittsburgh, and in Providence, RI, in the “Memory Quilt Collage” exhibit.
In addition to making her tin quilts, Fox is an itinerant art teacher in regional schools and also is a designer and illustrator. When she’s not making or teaching she’s with her husband and son, their three dogs, a cat, and five chickens. Probably around a fire.
Favorite pastimes: walking in the woods (preferably with a dog), birding, baking honey bread, riding my scooter, having drinks on the porch with friends
WHAT ONE PRODUCT DO WE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT AND WHY?
My City of Bridges prints/tees/tea towels celebrate my love for PGH and all of its bridges. I couldn't fit all 400+ bridges on there so I had to settle for twelve of my favorites.
IN THREE WORDS, WHY DO YOU LOVE PITTSBURGH?
It's. The. Best.
HOW CAN PEOPLE FIND OUT MORE ABOUT WORKER BIRD?