UNDERBRUSH LTD., since 1977, features nature inspired designs by Kathy Killip in the form of natural wreaths, angel ornaments, photography, photo - notecards, fused glass, jewelry and Demdaco gift products including Folk Heart® santas, snowmen & angels; Vintage Virtues® figurines of children; and Wildflower Angels® and Silversong® angels. Kathy designed for Hallmark Cards Inc. for a decade and was one of three founding artists for Demdaco. She offers a rich variety of products that she has designed.
Underbrush Ltd. - Kansas City was created in 1977 by Kathy to include all of the areas of creativity in which she was artistically involved: pottery, graphic and commercial design & floral design. The name was created to represent “under the artist’s brush” as well as “the underbrush” found outside in nature. From using the brush to paint her line of Renaissance Angel ornaments to gathering underbrush from along the roadsides, Kathy was inspired to use her talent for combining pattern, texture, and color to create her distinctive designs for Underbrush Ltd. The popularity of the Renaissance Angel line grew to supply over three hundred shops across America. She has personally painted the faces of over 100,000 angel ornaments since 1981. Natural wreaths designed by Kathy, found there way into homes from Florida to Texas and all through the midwest. Kathy and her family were featured in several of Mary Emmerling’s American Country books. Kathy has given many workshops about making wreaths from natural elements gathered from nature.
Underbrush Ltd. at The Studios at Bristol was started in the summer of 2008 twenty miles southwest of Creede, Colorado along The Silver Thread Scenic Byway. At The Studios, where creativity blossoms through interactive learning, this beautiful space nestled alongside Clear Creek is home for unique studios and galleries. In 2008, sisters, Teri Didde Inman and Kathy Didde Killip, became inspired to create The Studios at Bristol in the building that for 26 years had been home to Teri and Rick’s The Bristol Inn Restaurant. Giving space to display decorative arts and crafts was not the only reason for this new venture. It became the mission of The Studios at Bristol to allow both artists and visitors to learn through interactive, educational exchanges using the creative process to empower their expression of creativity. Visiting with artists and craftspersons while they create their art and craft allows a better understanding of the process and builds an appreciation in the mind of the viewer.