My name is Kim Ferguson. I am a friend of God, fisher of men, wife, mom, book lover, graphic artist, web designer, brand manager, marketing junkie, pundit, and blogger. Oddly enough, I am not a pet owner. I haven’t decided if that fact should be relished or rectified.🤔
Now to unleash the backstory…
DESIGN: In corporate America, I’ve worked in marketing and design over 15 years and developed brands for dozens of national and international campaigns. I love to create! I’ve worked with corporations and organizations around the world of all shapes and sizes. For me, few things compare to the excitement of collaborating on the ground level with clients who are passionate about their vision! Drop by kimferguson.com to learn more about my designer alter ego.
DISCIPLESHIP: In the church, I’ve served as Youth Pastor, Children’s Ministry Director, VBS Director, Small Group Leader, Bible Study Teacher, Prayer Minister, Worship Band Leader, Church Administrator, Promotions Director, and Discipleship Leader. I’ve written discipleship courses for multiple churches and topical Bible studies for my family, my church, and now my blog.
DEMOCRACY: In society, I’ve loved politics as long as I can remember. In high school and college, I worked rallies on the local level for trustees, county clerks, sheriffs, and commissioners and on the state level for Representatives and Senators. At one such rally, I had the privilege of participating in a meet and greet with Senator John Glenn just after his final return to space on October 29, 1998. It was a surreal experience that left a residue on my life. In my earlier years, I tagged along with my Mom as she interacted with Senator Ted Kennedy, Congressman Carl D. Perkins and KY Secretary of State, Frances Jones Mills. Mom was a grassroots activist before it was hip. In that day, activism required more than a hashtag. It required the blood, sweat, and tears of personal sacrifice. I saw her, a wife and mother of four, take on corporate giants from the living room of our four room house and win. I walked for miles with her as she went door to door raising awareness and collecting petition signatures. I witnessed state officials and the Cardinal Archbishop of Louisville roll into our remote KY hollow in a stretch limousines on multiple occasions to discuss clean water, specifically the lack thereof, with my mother. Thanks to her, I attended my first political rally as a 2nd grader (below) at the Capitol in Frankfort, KY.
It was through connections made at one of these rallies that I received my first commission as an artist. Two children from each state were chosen to participate in the National Peace Quilt Project. I was chosen as the female representative for KY. We were to submit a drawing depicting peace. The drawings were transferred to textile quilt blocks (below) by the Boise Quilt Project (BQP) master quilters.
Upon completion, the quilt departed on a national tour visiting the US Senators. The Senators were asked to spend one night with the quilt while reflecting on the damage Cold War rhetoric inflicted on America’s children. They were asked to write their thoughts in a companion journal that traveled alongside the quilt. Barbara Herbich’s documentary A Stitch For Time chronicled the quilt’s journey to The National Museum of American History division of the Smithsonian. The film was nominated for an Academy Award in 1987. Both the quilt and journal remain on display rotation at the Smithsonian today.
My Dad also influenced my love of the law, politics, and government. He served as a deputy sheriff and later as a corrections officer. I was in high school when he graduated from the police academy. I had the privilege of being his study buddy and consequently have an above average knowledge of Miranda v. Arizona and the Ohio Revised Code. Now that he is retired, we still like to discuss local, state, and federal cases. And yes, we did devour the Netflix documentary Making A Murderer: The Steven Avery Story and compare notes. Who didn’t?
All the above experiences have positively colored my worldview. Although my life is so much more than these three topics, they adequately represent the breakdown of my personal elevator speech…design, discipleship, and democracy. On this blog, I will randomly discuss all three on occasion. After all, Christians can be spiritual, creative and engaged in current affairs. I hope you enjoy!
Don’t hate on my use of emoji in this blog. Remember, I am a graphic designer not to mention hardcore science validates the use of these friendly bursts of emotional imagery!