Open Studio Tour: Kim Winchester of KiWi Designs

Linda Saholt

News Review Correspondent

Open Studio Tour: Kim Winchester  of KiWi Designs Sometimes art can be part of a personal journey or even therapy. Kim Winchester, of KiWi Designs, is currently fascinated with the process of transforming copper into wearable art.

“Frankly, it’s a release for my obsessive-compulsive disorder,” she said, “One of the best things about copper is how you can change it. You can take out your frustrations on it, beating on it, pounding it and then burning it.

“I visualize the design before I start, and then I very rarely change it after I get going,” she said. Winchester uses colorful beads and even paint to accent her designs.

She said she also enjoys talking to other artists, to see how they meet challenges. Because of health issues, she cannot produce many pieces, but she enjoys making the ones she can. Designing potential pieces in her mind, she can visualize them clearly.

“The first time I saw someone walking around town wearing one of my pieces, I was so proud! One lady wears my work a lot and gets compliments, and that makes her feel good. That makes me feel good, too.

“I get so much satisfaction when I see my clients wearing, and enjoying, my creations.”

Story First Published: 2013-08-14