Kimberly 國子 Taylor-Pestell

 

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Leaf illustration
Leaf illustration

Endearing illustrated paper goods and cozy retreats fostering creativity-building, storytelling,

and meaningful connection

 

I'm the hapa artist behind Lacelit, a paper goods company that’s all about fostering meaningful human connection and self-expression for the sentimental souls among us, endearing illustration and cleverly sentimental wordplay are infused into all of Lacelit's designs and can be enjoyed on a lovely array of greeting cards and stationery, recipe cards, stickers, art prints, and calendars. Kimberly runs her art business out of her home studio on unceded Tongva land in Monrovia, California.

 

Lacelit started as a daydream several years after college and a psychology degree had come and gone. Discovering art in my late twenties, I am mostly self-taught and delight in the imperfect symmetry of drawing and painting freehand.

 

As a multi-racial, half-Japanese and half-white American hapa born in Los Angeles, I grew up with two diverse socializations. From my earliest memories, I was introduced to multiple ways of thinking and expression simply by observing the behaviors, perspectives, communication styles, thought processes, and traditions represented in each side of my family. I've long loved and resonated with different aspects of each culture, and learned early on that there are always several ways to see the same thing. It's through the decisions I make and actions I take that I truly choose who and how I want to be. My Nikkei roots influence and inform my art in many ways through a love and appreciation of paper, whimsical imagery and thoughtful subject matter, intentionally balanced detail and color, and the poetic sentiments and affirming turns of phrase that give life to my work. It's in the interweaving of both cultures that I illustrate, design, paint, make, and write.