Local Mom – Shining Artist

meArtist: Jayme Kirschner

I have loved art my entire life. As a child I took classes at the BBAC (Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center) and all through school. During my junior year at Western Michigan University I attended a summer semester at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. On weekends, I would take my sketch pad and go to random places to people watch, It was raw art, and I loved it! I graduated with a Business degree and minored in Fine Art. After college, I worked in fashion, moving to Los Angeles. It was there that I really explored my creative side. I did many art projects like furniture painting, ceramics and fashion design. At one point, I seriously considered starting a clothing line.

But Sales is where I felt the most comfortable. My dad would always say I was a born salesgirl and I could sell the shirt off my back. Two years after moving back to Detroit, in 1997 I opened and co-owned Imelda*s Closet in Birmingham. I used all my creative juices to help design our boutique with fun and whimsy. Designing the logo gave my a sense of personal pride and to this day, when I look at our sign (which hangs in my kitchen), I’m taken back to the 11 wonderful years that Imelda*s had survived.

Closing The store last year brought on a new chapter in my life. My house is filled with my own original art. I’ve always joked and said, we couldn’t afford the “real thing”. Now I’m starting to think, wait a minute, I am the real thing! In 2007, I was commissioned by a friend to make a three dimensional painting of a Gibson Les Paul Guitar as a gift for her friend, Kid Rock. This past year I was hired by a local designer to created the artwork for three boys’ bedrooms including a corner shelf made of only hockey sticks, a painting of the “melting I-pods” advertisement and a collage of music made from metal siding. I was fortunate to be on display at Temple Israel this past summer for their members Fine Arts Exhibit.

I absolutely love color, dimension and funky and my style is bold and fun. I am in the process of planning a Spring 2010 Art Show.

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