A trained artist and self-taught sewist, Minki Kim uses her sewing machine as a creative outlet to capture the beauty around her.
Where are you from? What is your community like?
I am originally from Korea but I call California my home. It’s been 17 years living here in California as well as in the United States. My community is a slow and quiet place. You can hear the dog barking and UPS truck comes and goes.
Do you specialize in a specific look or technique?
I have developed a technique called “Sewing Illustration”. It’s thread drawing using a sewing machine. It’s done differently than traditional raw edge applique or free motion quilting. I design fabric for Riley Blake.
How have your quilting and sewing tastes changed over time?
I am self-taught. I didn’t even know how to thread the machine. I started with hand sewing and wonky coasters. Then I realized I can draw anything with my sewing machine. Now sometimes it seems easier than hand embroidery to me. I have adopted quilt techniques ever since I met a quilter friend down the street. Now I enjoy adding my sewing illustration onto a pillow, bags and pouches, and quilts!
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What craft or hobby did you do prior to sewing? Do you still continue?
I was into card making and scrapbooking. I stopped papercraft once I found out that I am good at sewing and now I collect miniature sewing machines.
Besides OLFA, what are your go-to quilting tools?
I am grateful to whomever invented the Frixion pen as I often draw on fabrics.
Please give us a quick tip.
I use my iPhone as a lightbox. When I have to transfer small design, I set my iPhone to the brightest setting and transfer. It’s good especially when I can’t use a bright window.
Minki’s new book, Zakka From the Heart, is out in October from C&T Publishing. Her next fabric line, Moments, will be available in February 2020 through Riley Blake.