I'm Kym and I am the artist, maker & surface pattern designer behind Kilo Papa Studio and I'm based in Glasgow, Scotland.
I've been running my business part-time since 2017, finally making the jump to full-time in Summer 2021. It's gone through a few changes over the years, most notably a change in name. The business used to be called Ellie Oskar - a name I just made up back in 2013 when I wasn't long graduated and wanted an unusual moniker to work behind. (**eye roll** I thought I was so edgy back then) I wanted to start a business making cushions from my degree-show collection of fabric samples - and I thought it would be cool to just make up a name.... Seriously, that was it. So you can see why I changed it.
Anyway, fast forward a few years and an evolving body of work and unsurprisingly, I felt the name of the business just didn't make sense any more. (And people kept calling me Ellie, which is fine, but it was getting weird having to tell people that it wasn't my name. Then I'd have to explain the shit story behind it) I wanted something that meant something and played on the initials of my name - Kym Parker - and Kilo Papa (the phonetic words for K and P) kept coming back to me and so I went with it. I love the look and feel of the new brand and it feels like I have more room to grow and develop, particularly in regards to introducing colour, something I had been wanting to do for a long time.
My art is mostly monochromatic and highly stylised and I hand draw all of my pieces with fine liner pens (some taking tens of hours to complete, yikes!) I'm greatly inspired by Scotland, it's landscape, landmarks and culture alike. I focus on subject matter that nurtures connections between people, place and object. Whether it be humour, fond memories or a reminder of home, I want my art to help tell the individual stories of my audience and their connection to Scotland.
I have a background in textile/surface pattern design and have pulled on that knowledge and my love of colour to develop a new collection of colourful cards and prints. This new exploration has led me to also develop a small range of homewares, including hand painted frames to sit alongside my monochrome prints, as well as coasters & plant stands made from an eco-resin. This is a slowly developing collection that I will add to gradually.
Thanks for reading this far down! If you have any other questions, you can contact me on my social channels or via email. Check out my contact page