We had the good fortune of connecting with Kimmy Jamison and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Kimmy, other than deciding to work for yourself, what else do you think played a pivotal role in your story?
I swore to myself that I would never become complacent or comfortable. While I still do work a full-time job elsewhere, being successful in deciding to work for myself means staying disciplined, focused, and pushing through any challenges, creative lows, time constraints, etc. no matter what. I try new mediums and do the necessary research in order to bring my visions to life.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.

I’m an apparel and accessories designer with a very diverse background. Growing up, I was an ice skater, which gave me an early appreciation for luxe fabrics and super dramatic styling; I’ve also been super into heavy metal music since my teenage years and all the badass, eccentric fashion that went along with it throughout the decades. In high school, I used to tear up and sew my clothes back together and deck out my jackets, hoodies, and bags in studs, spikes, and remnant leather to really give it that authentic DIY vibe. Leather, studs, denim, vintage rock n’ roll, grunge, and goth fashion – it never gets old or goes out of style, I will forever love it and be inspired by it. I attended FIDM Los Angeles from 2010-2012 and got my AA degree in Product Development, which gave me the technical skills to put my creativity to good use. I started working in the industry immediately and haven’t stopped since. In this ever-changing industry, I’ve been through various layoffs but always managed to land on my feet through persistence and willingness to take on different design roles, ranging from apparel, accessories, footwear, to homewares and various licensed products. The creative journey is not an easy one, but I’m absolutely enjoying it – and anyone who is truly passionate about what they do can completely relate. I started Violet Black Design in 2016, which, at the time, was just a portfolio website of my favorite industry work, with a few of my own personal designs (just digital mock-ups at this point) thrown into the mix to fill in the gaps of the aesthetic I was trying to convey. I eventually sewed up some one-of-a-kind clothing pieces and took pictures to add to my website. Using my industry knowledge, I realized that I had the technical skills and resources to bring my own vision to life. It evolved to be me doing freelance apparel design for some niche brands with a darker, moodier vibe, while simultaneously working on my own projects – I turned my own artwork into enamel pins, and collaborated with some amazing artists, rendering their artwork and putting my own spin on it to create something absolutely killer together. Violet Black Design is not limited to one medium, nor do I solely work alone – I paint, I sew. I create tech packs, and I do digital renders. I collaborate with other artists whenever it seems fitting, and I create artwork for other people. I’m passionate about it all.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
SoCal is full of amazing places!  If you’re in LA, I would highly recommend checking out Sunset Strip, as there are some really iconic music venues and hangout spots there.  If you’re in San Diego, definitely check out Gaslamp District, Hillcrest, and North Park! There are some really great vintage shops and tons of good places to eat and grab a drink. Really cool vibes and lots of energy in those areas – you can’t go wrong visiting any of those places!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are far too many! Jessica Heath, Andrea Brockson, Chelsea Leopold, Andry Tague, Clay Graham, Juan Garcia, Nate Khouli

Website: www.violetblackdesign.com
Instagram: @violetblackdesign
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/feed/?trk=guest_homepage-basic_nav-header-signin
Other: violetblackdesign.bigcartel.com

Image Credits
Jessica Heath // Wulfnight

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