Designer Spotlight: Jamie

Designer Spotlight: Jamie

Meet Jamie Kimak, one of our talented designers at Rune NYC who is currently working on our latest collection. Jamie has a BFA in Fiber Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), where she has experience in a wide range of traditional textile and surface design processes including handloom weaving, traditional Japanese dyeing and surface printing methods with natural fabric and dyes.

Where do you take inspiration from?
I like to take inspiration from my surroundings, my community and various subjects that interest me.

What is the biggest lesson that you have learned since you started designing?
I think the biggest lesson I have learned is to do what you are passionate about even if it takes a little while to establish yourself in an industry. From my experience, maintaining good connections with people from different jobs in all industries is very important and can lead to other opportunities, experiences and personal growth. 

How would you describe your personal style?
I would say my style is generally very graphic and colorful even though I use both digital and hand-designed processes. I like to start my designs by hand with various processes and then bring them into the computer to finalize the print designs.

How did you get involved with Rune?
I met Emily at a design assistant interview where I shared my hand-dyed shibori textiles with her. She was really excited about the potential to incorporate this into her collection and felt this technique would compliment the aesthetic of her brand. Since Emily and I are both very enthusiastic about different artistic styles and printing methods we clicked, and that is how I became involved with Rune :)

What are you most excited about for the new collection?
I am most excited about the shibori style designs and prints that we will be incorporating into the upcoming collections. The prints we are using will come directly from shibori dyed textiles that we create by hand at Rune.
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