Born and raised in Connecticut, Kia has been creating art from a very young age. This creativity was influenced and encouraged by her creative family, namely her father who is a self-taught abstract artist and musician. As a child, she displayed paintings, drawings and sculptures in galleries across Connecticut. She also assisted her father with art lectures and helped teach art classes. As a teenager, she added photography to her creative interests. This eventually lead her to Rochester Institute of Technology where she earned a BFA in Advertising Photography. She worked in the field of photography for several years before starting a family and deciding to stay home with her kids.
Crafting bags started as a hobby, an activity that could be included in her list of creative outlets. Kia quickly found that she really enjoys the design/construction process and often combines photography, jewelry making, graphic design, creative writing and found fabrics/objects with her bag designs.
In her home studio, Kia designs, cuts and sews every bag. With attention to detail, she views each bag as a functional piece of art. Whether in the fabric choice, shape, custom design element or all of the above; she likes that every bag is something different, something unique.