Interview with Kim Kight of True Up
May 3, 2012
Kim Kight has been writing the blog True Up since 2007. She is an avid sewist and loves fabrics and design. She is now an author, and her latest book is A Field Guide to Fabric Design. Here's our online interview:
Is sewing your passion? Or, is it more about the fabrics and the designs printed on them that inspire you?
I'd say it's both! I don't have as much time to sew as I'd like (who does?), but the more you sew, the more you understand and appreciate fabric. To some extent I guess I do collect fabric for its own sake, though, especially vintage feedsacks. It's hard to cut into those. My stash is my happy place, even if I'm not pulling something out to use it.
What is your favorite thing to make? (it doesn't have to involve sewing)
Quilts, definitely. I also love making stuffed toys. I want to love apparel sewing but I think I have more to learn before I feel the love!
Tell us about your blog, True Up. What inspired you to start a blog?
I used to have a personal/craft blog, and I ended up posting about new fabric collections on a regular basis. This was back (in the olden days -- five years ago?!?) when modern fabric collections were few and far between, and shops specializing in them were just starting to emerge. At some point I realized that I could start a blog that was JUST about fabric, and that maybe it would work as a professional, niche blog. Thankfully I was right!
Give us an idea of your creative or design style. What has inspired your creative sensibilities?
I like vintage everything! Now that I have kids of my own, I share all the books and cartoons I loved when I was little. I realized how much these things formed almost everything about my tastes. Just about everything I love creatively/visually can be traced back to Richard Scarry, Ed Emberley, Go Dog Go, and Looney Tunes.
We are so excited about your new book, A Field Guide To Fabric Design! Give us a flavor of the book and tell us who you wrote it for.
Thank you! Everything I know about fabric printing was self-taught. There just weren't any comprehensive books out there that show how to print repeating designs onto fabric. I wrote the book that I was wanting 5-10 years ago when I became interested in designing fabric. I wrote it for the person who loves fabric, who dreams of having their own designs on fabric. It's geared heavily toward people interested in designing fabric as a career (or as part of a larger design career). But it has a lot of inspiration and information for people who just want to print for fun, and even for those who just want to be more informed in their choices of prints and fabrics. Since it shows how to create pattern repeats by hand and with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, it's also useful for anyone who wants to design patterns for any reason (graphic design, scrapbooking, etc.)
Add anything else you think fabric.com fans would like to know about you, sewing, the creative process your book, your blog, etc. that I missed.
I launched a Fabric Design Forum as a companion to the book ... I knew I couldn't show every technique in the world, and I knew things like the computer tutorials had a limited shelf life, so I wanted a place where people could go and talk fabric design with like-minded folk, and keep up on new technological developments. It's free, and you don't have to have the book to join, and I'd love to see you all there! It's at http://www.trueup.net/forum.
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