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Kit Collins
Medford, MA

About the Artist

I am a multimedia artist based in Medford, MA, and working throughout the greater Boston area. I create lively and colorful artworks in paint, pattern design, custom illustration, and site-specific murals. To create my illustrations and designs I draw from a range of techniques, which include printmaking and embroidery in addition to drawing and painting.

My artistic background is in illustration, and many of my artistic influences are graphic artists and children’s illustrators. In all my projects, I try to follow that illustrative thread of whimsy, colorfulness, and inviting, immersiv…

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About the Artist

I am a multimedia artist based in Medford, MA, and working throughout the greater Boston area. I create lively and colorful artworks in paint, pattern design, custom illustration, and site-specific murals. To create my illustrations and designs I draw from a range of techniques, which include printmaking and embroidery in addition to drawing and painting.

My artistic background is in illustration, and many of my artistic influences are graphic artists and children’s illustrators. In all my projects, I try to follow that illustrative thread of whimsy, colorfulness, and inviting, immersive detail.

Pattern and surface design projects are among my favorites to work on, like the cover pattern I designed for the field guide, “How to Smash Garlic,” published by GRLSQUASH magazine and Overseasoned Amy in 2019. To create these custom patterns, I combine individual motifs rendered in both paint and hand-carved relief print, and then evolve the color palette until it is exactly right for where the pattern will be displayed. It is a wonderful challenge to make these patterns both cohesive and intuitive, while also planting tidbits that allow for an interesting and immersive deeper look.

Another of my favorite illustration projects was artwork for an updated and modernized version of the classic poem, "The Night Before Christmas," published by Arnold Worldwide’s monthly newspaper, “This Month in Boston.” I loved the opportunity to run with a classic watercolor aesthetic for this children’s illustration-style project.

Whether it is a painting, a pattern for a wallpaper or print application, or a mural, I love to work on custom and client-specific projects. I strive to create meticulously-crafted artwork that makes the viewer feel truly considered – like the work is responding to the distinctiveness of their interests and their space.

One of my favorite mural projects to date was a floor-to-ceiling stairway mural for a public library in Hampton, NH, which I completed in 2019. I loved building the mural design around theme suggestions and input from the library stakeholder community, and painting a composition that involved both playful whimsy, and representations of local ecology and animal species. Moving forward, I remain interested in painting murals with lots of detail, geared for multigenerational audiences; but I am also interested in opportunities to move my mural work in a more bold and graphical direction, emphasizing shape, color and linework.

Originally, I hail from upstate New York. I relocated to the Boston area in 2011 to attend Tufts University. As a student, I had the opportunity to take studio art classes on both the Tufts Medford campus and at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. I graduated with a B.A. in Peace & Justice Studies in 2015, and I have enjoyed the robust local arts community ever since.

In addition to my illustration and mural work, I often lead workshops in embroidery and relief-printing, for venues that have included the MFA Boston and the Hebrew College. I also design a small line of illustrated goods, which I distribute online and through regional stockists.

Artist’s Work

Taking root
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Taking Root

By Kit Collins

Pollinator garden
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Pollinator Garden

By Kit Collins

Northern flicker 2
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Northern Flicker

By Kit Collins

American robin
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American Robin

By Kit Collins

California quail
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California Quail

By Kit Collins

Willow ptarmigan
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Willow Ptarmigan

By Kit Collins

Mockingbird
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Mockingbird

By Kit Collins

Cactus wren
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Cactus Wren

By Kit Collins

The albany pine bush 2
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The Albany Pine Bush

By Kit Collins

Westerly wind 2
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Westerly Wind

By Kit Collins

Women gators
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Women + Gators

By Kit Collins

Were out of graham crackers 2
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We're Out of Graham Crackers

By Kit Collins

Animal symphony orchestra 2
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Animal Symphony Orchestra

By Kit Collins

Pattern Play
Cat balloon pattern
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Cat Balloon Pattern

By Kit Collins

Garlic smash pattern
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Garlic Smash Pattern

By Kit Collins

Apple smash pattern
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Apple Smash Pattern

By Kit Collins

Cracked egg pattern
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Cracked Egg Pattern

By Kit Collins

Clusters & Crowds
Women queuing
Kit collins

Women Queuing

By Kit Collins

Women queuing 2
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Women Queuing 2

By Kit Collins

Selected Exhibitions

Press and Accolades

  • Hampton Union/Seacoast Online: Lane Memorial Library to Unveil "NH Nature" Mural.
    July 4, 2019
  • Boston Globe: My Instagram.
    May 30, 2019
  • Brain Arts Organization: Live interview.
    October 5, 2018
  • Jewish Boston: Drawn to Stitch.
    July 13, 2018

Education

  • Tufts University, B.A. Peace & Justice Studies
    Medford, MA,2015