KP Holiday Gift Guides are back! Starting us off this year is the fabulously talented Kia Johns with her Gift Guide for Creatives. Many of us have Kia’s nature-inspired prints hanging on our walls at home, and if you’re like us, we often wonder what it’s like inside her head. We asked her some hard-hitting questions, so read on for her insights and gift ideas for the artists in our lives.
KP: What do you do by day and what do you do by night?
KJ: I'm an artist during the day and by night... I'm still an artist, haha. I sleep. I like to cook. I cook and sleep.
KP: Describe a recent ‘a-ha’ moment or precious moment.
KJ: So we have my parents' old dog right now, he's 14. He's a very chill 14 year old and doesn't get along very well or very fast. But when we got all this fresh snow he was so excited and he was running around, which he doesn't really do anymore. It just melted my heart.
KP: What are you looking forward to in 2022?
KJ: Looking forward to making more art and more pottery. To sunny days. Honestly I'm looking forward to summer, haha. And some sunny hikes in 2022!
“I thought this was really cute and when I'm making ceramics I'll usually take my rings off and put them in a weird spot and later go, "oh no where did my rings go?" This would be perfect to put your rings in if you're making something with your hands.”
“I picked it at first because it was just a beautiful book, but flipping through it I see it has all these watercolor pages. You could do one a day, sort of like a lesson, and for practice. Would be great for anyone, whether you're already good at it or just getting into watercolors. I think this is a really good book just to have all that you need right there.”
“This is just fabulous. I'm not sure why I picked it up exactly but if you're creative, or if you're me. Sometimes I cry and this just hit home, hahaha. Creative people are emotional sometimes, and they would probably like this hat.”
“A good mug. Because you always need your coffee, your tea, etc when you're making things.”
“You've got to put your hair back, at least for me. I always like having my hair back when I'm creating -- because if I'm drawing, I'm like this *looks down* and it's in everything. Or ceramics, that would be a nightmare. My hair gets into everything so hair ties just keep it out of the way.”
For sketching, drawing, ideas. I use a sketchbook everyday and the Moleskine notebooks are my personal favorite, especially the ones with the elastic because you can keep things in there. Moleskines also have the pocket in the back and I love that, for flat knick knacks. Really any creative would love a Moleskine.