Kym’s story is a tale that grew like a beautifully gnarled tree, its roots dug deep in cultural influence and it’s branches reaching far out to the four corners of the country. Each twist of the trunk or turn of a branch represented an experience that helped sculpt her character and her art into what they are today.
Growing up in a military family, Kym traveled frequently. She naturally developed the spirit of a wanderer. Every summer, however, was spent in New Mexico learning to identify artistically with her Indian roots and getting in touch with her Laguna Pueblo family history. Much like Kathy, she felt a strong, innate connection to the land. She soon learned that this bond was woven with the very history of the pueblo people and it came with deep feeling of belonging and purpose.
“I’ve found that The Laguna Pueblo people”, she stated “are all, each and every one of them, intrinsically artistic. So much history is spoken through our pottery. We feel that we are the tools that help shape the gifts that the earth gave us into cultural treasures.” She feels passionately about the preservation of the Pueblo people’s history and culture through artistic expression.
When discussing the tragedy of the Laguna Pueblo’s diminishing influence she commented, “There is just such a wealth of artistic knowledge and lore. Our religious activities also keep our culture alive and thriving.”
Kym’s broad spectrum of mediums allow her to tell the story of the Pueblo people through her work. She was chosen as one of five students out of three hundred thousand to receive a full ride scholarship to the School of Visual Arts in New York City.
Lapidary, pottery, clay painting and sterling silver jewelry are just a few of the hand crafts she’s devoted herself to over the years. Combining pottery with her jewelry practices lead to a unique line of work from which the MKM Necklace was conceived.
Kym met our Co-initiators Denise and Kathy, through Marj Baxter, a mutual friend. This was at precisely the time Mindful Kindness, in its infancy, was searching for a meaningful piece to represent its message. Also at this time, Kym was searching for more avenues to gain exposure for her work and bring about awareness of the endangerment of the Laguna Pueblo culture. The minute Marj heard the description of the MK Movement she felt a deep fateful calling, that beckoned her to facilitate a connection between Kym and our Co-initiators. She knew that Kym was exactly the artist they sought and that Mindful Kindness was in Kym’s future. As if fate itself had built a bridge between them, they connected effortlessly and embarked on the journey of collaboration that resulted in the state of the movement today. Like the MKM necklace itself, this was accomplished organically…by hand and from the heart.