MEET THE ARTIST : Kiki Slaughter.

When it comes to heirlooms and the preservation of stories, there's nothing more important than hearing the narratives and inspirations of the makers and collaborators in your communities. We believe firmly in those people who work with their hands and master their craft, keeping it alive for another generation.

So, we reached out to artists in our community who we look to for inspiration ourselves. We asked them for insight into their creative processes, the legacy of their artwork, the importance of learning fundamental skills of a craft, and the role that their most special heirloom plays in their day-to-day. We also talked to them about our newest Studio Apron and received their design feedback. We wanted to ensure that the Studio Apron would be for artists and by artists. 

Kiki Slaughter has been making art since her sidewalk chalk days. 

Her family recognized her passion and talent at a young age and started her with painting teacher Karen Shea. Kiki's passion only grew stronger as she grew up, learning and mastering skills and mediums alongside Shea. The time she spent with her teacher was formative, but when it comes down to it Kiki has a drive that can't be taught. She is motivated by the very act of painting and combining colors and textures to create a unique composition.

Kiki works primarily in acrylic and oil on canvas, and is inspired not only by the act of painting but also by her children. She says they are her "biggest inspiration and greatest works of art. They stepped up my drive and gave me a whole new purpose to create and add more beauty to the world." 

artist paint brushes in kiki slaughter studio / for heirloomed

She is currently working toward a show at Hidell Brooks Gallery in Charlotte, opening in May 2017. It will showcase her paintings and her signature textile works. She says she's specifically excited to show her painted canvas strips, a "personal favorite" of her repertoire. It's a personal favorite of ours too because Kiki has literally been collecting these strips of painted canvas from old works from her studio and finally decided to bring these pieces back to life in a beautiful new way. They mark a history of her paintings and celebrate the trail she has taken to get where she is today.

strips of old paintined canvas by artist kiki salughter / heirloomed

Outside of gallery shows, Kiki loves to collaborate just as much as we do. Her art has expanded now to include jewelry and wallpaper. You can wear her art now thanks to Coco Hill designer Erin McDermott, who helped turn Kiki's art into a painted jewelry line. She has also teamed up with Feathr to "create art that can literally cover your walls." 

kiki slaughter for coco hill painted jewelry bracelet / heirloomed

We were lucky enough to go behind the scenes and into Kiki's studio, or as she likes to call it, her "painterly haven of controlled chaos." Despite attempts to organize, her studio is a beautiful mess, and she likes it that way. In the midst of creating, paint tubes and brushes often litter the counters and floor in the most beautiful way. Chaos is the mark of a true artist.

Kiki's Studio Apron, shown here in her "painterly haven of controlled chaos." 

Kiki's Studio Apron, shown here in her "painterly haven of controlled chaos." 

When you're in Kiki's studio, you may notice a newspaper article of a little girl in deep focus, alongside some sidewalk art. That little girl is Kiki, and this photo is an heirloom she keeps close to her creative process. She says "this picture takes me back to the creative spark I felt as a child and continue to feel so strongly today. My hands still ache when I can't make something and I get all loopy when I concentrate really hard on what I am creating." 

She doesn't remember why the picture was taken, but she does remember being happy to focus on her drawing. "I had so much energy as a kid and my parents found that art was the best way to direct it into something positive. This moment captures the love for art that I had then and now." 

Click over to shop the "Apron Art" that Kiki created for us as part of the launch for our new Studio Apron!


heirloomed is a lifestyle brand with a mission of "keeping heirlooms around for another generation." Our blog features stories about family recipes, creating traditions with your family, interior design and entertaining by mixing new and vintage pieces, classic style, and small town + historic travel. Our shop features a collection of "goods inspired by the past, for generations to enjoy" with an array of products and meaningful gifts including linen apronstabletop linensartceramics and beyond. Learn more at

Introducing the Studio Apron.

A blank canvas is a symbol of opportunity, growth, creativity and what is to come. We wanted our Studio Apron to be a symbol of the same - a garment that inspires the artist and often becomes a work of art in itself.

When designing this piece, we wanted to be sure that it was suited to the actual needs of real artists everywhere. So, we teamed up with several amazingly talented artists in our community and asked for their help perfecting it. Kiki Slaughter, Britt Bass, Maggie Mathews and Sally King Benedict shared their feedback and their creative story with us, helping us make decisions about everything from pockets to length. We couldn't be more excited to share the details with you. 

blank canvas studio apron / heirloomed

The Studio Apron is made of mid-weight cotton canvas - it's sturdier than most apron fabrics to provide durability, but is still flexible to provide the wearer with a full range of motion - something that is oh-so-important in the studio world for creatives. As a subtle design detail, the pockets feature a series of diagonal stitches so as to resemble a gallery wrapped canvas, giving further nod to the blank canvas inspiration.

Gallery wrapped canvas + artist apron detail / heirloomed
gallery wrapped canvas / frame + staple detail / heirloomed
Studio apron stitch details / heirloomed

Based on artist recommendation, the pockets are also deep to hold brushes or to make sure your phone doesn't get covered in paint. All points of functionality were explored in the design process, with pockets being a feature our customers always covet even in the kitchen. The apron itself is made to be covered in paint, though much unlike the kitchen our artists told us that they probably wouldn't wash a studio apron, so we ensured that we made it as durable and ready-to-get-messy as possible. 

Our Studio Apron is well-made and well-loved, crafted with both the amateur and professional artist in mind. It's made to inspire, to be worn often, to be painted on, and - one day - to be passed along to the next generation artist in your family.

As part of this special series, we will be bringing you a feature on each of the four artists we collaborated with to bring this Studio Apron to life. Each was also kind enough to tackle a creative project for us as part of this collaboration and the result was this collection of"Apron Art"  individually hand-painted and signed by each artist in their own creative style. These mix-medium works of art would make a beautiful and unique addition to any gallery wall or art collection so be sure to pop over and shop the full collection before these one-of-a-kind art aprons are gone.

heirloomed is a lifestyle brand with a mission of "keeping heirlooms around for another generation." Our blog features stories about family recipes, creating traditions with your family, interior design and entertaining by mixing new and vintage pieces, classic style, and small town + historic travel. Our shop features a collection of "goods inspired by the past, for generations to enjoy" with an array of products and meaningful gifts including linen aprons, tabletop linens, art, ceramics and beyond. Learn more at