As an artist and designer, Kim Bentley brings her creative visions to life with ink — lots of ink. Along with her fiancé Kyle Van Horn, Kim is the co-founder of Baltimore Print Studios — a letterpress and screen-printing workshop and design studio. Together they’ve brought a fresh perspective to the Baltimore art scene and have become a staple in the creative community that is growing rapidly in this transitioning city. Outside the studio, Kim is a talented graphic designer and shares her lovely spirit with the students at MICA as a part-time design educator.
I chatted with Kim to hear more about her background and what it's like to run BPS.
Describe your creative path. When did you first become interested in design and the printmaking process?
I've always enjoyed making artwork of some kind since I was little. Whether it was drawing, painting, or printmaking, it was the process of making something that I loved. I majored in illustration in college at the University of Delaware, and then after graduating, I continued to take printmaking classes at the local community college in Maryland. After working for several years as a designer, I decided I wanted to gain a better foundation in design and connect with other designers and educators. I applied to graduate school and was fortunate enough to get into the graphic design program at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), where I started to combine my interests in design, bookmaking, and printing processes like letterpress and screen printing. Read more...
Words by Grace Powell, Photos by Andrea Pippins