Art is big in our household. Our neighbors can attest – since our front door is a revolving art installation of our latest works. I’m always on the prowl for new and fun art projects and supplies – then along came KimmelKids.
Karen Kimmel, an established, California-based artist and mom, created KimmelColors – a line of stencils and art supplies for the junior marketplace. Kimmel has created sculptural installations for MOCA Chicago, The Barbican in London, The Scottsdale Museum of Fine Art in Arizona and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions. Currently, Karen is consulting for brands such as Nike and Splendid, as well as branching out to interior design. For more information on Karen’s artwork, please visit her website, www.karenkimmel.com. Karen Kimmel’s line of creative products and workshops flow naturally from her background in drawing, interactive art and social sculpture. Inspired by a cross-pollination of symbols, nature, language, early cognitive development and a fascination with precision crafts, such as ikebana and needlepoint, Kimmel focuses on how people assimilate, communicate and work within the limitations of language and social systems
I don’t know who was more excited to unwrap our package from KimmelKids, me or my children. We received the Kimmelcolors Forest Set and it is beautiful. I was in awe of the colors and design of the kit’s elements.
Housed in a deep burgundy canvas zippered bag decorated with a modern, metallic leaf pattern we found three paper-laminated chipboard stencils and six super-sized colored pencils. The forest stencils are natural, organic shapes that resemble items you would find in the forest but not so literal that they have to be used in a particular manner. My daughter immediately began tracing segments of the stencils and overlapping them to create her own masterpiece. The pencils come in lemon, venetian red, van dyck brown, light carmine, neon orange and metallic gold.
Priced at $45, this is not an inexpensive set but it is beautiful and would make a nice gift for an art aficionado. Visit the website www.kimmelkids.com to see the full line of KimmelKids art products, such as more stencil sets in different patterns, pencils, and art cases. To purchase, go to the Kimmel website or look in select stores, including A&R, Collage Collage, Colette, Cooper Hewitt, Crewcuts, Hennessey + Ingalls, Hotel Healdsburg, LACMA museum store, Lost & Found, Little Marc Jacobs, Marc by Marc Jacobs, MoMA museum store, Partners & Spade, Third Drawer Down,Tiny People and The Vitrine.
* We did not receive monetary compensation for this review. That’s IT Mommy received a Kimmelcolors Forest Set free of charge to facilitate this review. This will in no way sway our opinion of the product or service. The review is in our own words and is our opinion. Your results and opinions may differ.