We had the good fortune of connecting with Kim Putnam and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kim, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
As I move through my mid century years I’m realizing I’m getting tired of working for other people. Once I get my business off the ground, I will step back or away from my other work obligations so I can focus on the business which in turn (I hope) will allow me the time to work more in the studio and in my garden. So in a nutshell, my thought process or motivation to start my own business was a desire for independence and a better quality of life.
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I don’t know if my art sets me apart from others, I just strive to create what is true to my beliefs as a person and as a woman. If my work can inspire a conversation or a discussion then I feel it is a success… if it can cause a person to stop and perhaps consider a different view point than that is what excites me. What am I most proud of? My daughters of course! I would say hard work is how I got to where I am professionally. People outside of the art world don’t always view art as a profession nor do perhaps realize how much work goes into becoming an artist… was it easy? Absolutely not! How did I overcome my challenges? This question assumes that I have… challenges are what helps me grow as an artist and as a person. Challenges motivate and influences and guide our choices… challenges are what make life interesting! The biggest lesson I’ve learned along the way is to not have a death grip on an idea, vision or goal… be fluid and open minded. Creating and life as a whole is really about the journey, not necessarily the end product. Throughout my life I like to periodically recreate or reinvent myself. In addition to being an artist and an educator (I teach as an adjunct professor as several colleges), a mother of two adult daughters, I am the proprietor of a new brand called Palisade Posh. Palisade Posh came about because of my insatiable compulsion to create things, deep appreciation of Palisade Colorado and love of nature. As a fine artist, my interest in creating expanded to include the applied arts and making things not only to be exhibited in galleries and museums but for the home. I apply my conceptual and creative skills as an artist to make beautiful and unique products. Palisade Posh is about pampering yourself, your friends and your family. Through our products we aspire to provide experiences and comfort in your home. We emphasize unique and original design inspired by nature and the beauty of the region. Its creative core is made up of a lifetime of observations and experiences, interests, and passions. The product lines of Palisade Posh are the outcome of my combined interest in making art, gardening, entertaining, and creating a luxurious environment in my home on a shoestring budget. My long term plan includes hosting an airbnb and creating an artist residency in Palisade along with continuing and growing my studio practice.
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?
We would hit the road and head to the Western Slope and Palisade Colorado. With a picnic basket in hand we would hit the wineries… my current favorites include Mesa Park, Red Fox, Book Cliff, Restoration and Colteris. We’d picnic at Colteris and partake in their horse back tour of the vineyards, defintely hit burger night at Maison, and enjoy a Saturday afternoon concert at Restoration and visiting Craig gallery in downtown Palisade. There are so many amazing wineries and vineyards in Palisade not to mention their peach orchards, and all the beautiful outdoor activities… and the people are amazing!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Palisade Colorado its beauty and warm community are what inspired me to create Palisade Posh and to start working toward my dream. My husband (Andy Putnam) and Sisstah (Laurie Priddy), dear friends Lisa Kennedy, Tya Anthony and Irene McCray have also been huge supporters and influencers in my life pursuits!
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Andy Putnam / photograph of Palisade Kim Putnam / photograph of pillows