Mt. Lebanon “Worker Bird” Artist is a Finalist in Martha Stewart’s American Made Awards
By Liz Petoniak
Local artist Kim Fox of Mt. Lebanon was recently recognized on a national level as a finalist in Martha Stewart’s 2014 American Made Awards under her professional moniker, Worker Bird. A group of nine judges selected her “tin quilts” — handmade with deconstructed tin, nailed into intricate patterns on salvaged wood — in the crafts category among other artists who share the same passion for quality craftsmanship. In addition to her wall art, Fox also crafts house numbers, prints, greeting cards, and other mixed media pieces by hand, and accepts commissioned work to create custom designs for clients seeking truly unique, one-of-a-kind pieces. Growing up in the Laurel Highlands, Fox draws inspiration from her upbringing. “I grew up very remotely, and I don’t think I realized what an impact it had on me until later in life,” she says. “Living simply inspires me. I naturally now gravitate towards that very same thing — the slow, by hand way of making things with old recycled materials.” Those who visited Handmade Arcade 2014, Pittsburgh’s first and largest independent craft fair, held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, may recognize Fox’s distinct style. She was selected to design all of the promotional materials for the event, which attracted thousands of attendees. Keep your eyes peeled for more of Fox’s work this month as one of her designs will appear as the cover of The Pittsburgh City Paper’s Winter Guide!
Worker Bird, etsy.com/shop/workerbird.