Kaia Chitwood-Rivers

Kaia Chitwood-Rivers designs cards with inspirational sayings. She’s nine years old. She attends Weaverville Elementary School. She makes cards to “be creative, help people believe in themselves, and help children in need.” Half of all of her profits go to local programs in the community that serve children with fewer resources. 

photos by: Dawn Chitwood

How did you get started? It all started with the saying “I never lose. I either win or learn.” And then I started going on from there. 

Is it your full-time gig? No, because I have to go to school. 

What is your morning practice? Getting ready for school.

Why did you choose to make cards? It’s inspiring.

How long have you been making your cards? About six months.

Favorite tools, materials, or gadgets? Pens and card stock.

What do you most love about your art? I like the designs and what they say.

Biggest lesson learned so far? If you are brave, you can do anything.

Do you wait for inspiration or start regardless? I start regardless.

Where do you turn for inspiration and/or how do you stay inspired? I think of the way I want to be.

What is your daily routine? School, homework, rollerblade.

What do you want to say to the world with your art? I want people to believe in themselves.

How do you stay focused in a world of the internet, social media, and other distractions? Don’t have any distractions.

How do you deal with the ebbs and flows of creativity? I always feel creative.

How do you share your work? My mom puts it on Facebook.

What’s hardest for you about sharing your work? It’s hard to hand-deliver them because I have to talk to people.

What makes it easier? Mailing them.

It all started with the saying “I never lose. I either win or learn.” And then I started going on from there.

It all started with the saying “I never lose. I either win or learn.” And then I started going on from there.

“I want people to believe in themselves.

How do you get creatively unstuck? Draw my way out of it.

How do you get your ideas? My creative brain.

Best advice received? I can do anything.

What do you hold as true? Anyone can do anything.

What do you do when life gets hard (to make it less hard)? I go to my room and read.

What books do you turn to for inspiration? Wonder by Raquel Jaramillo, Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper, and Fish In A Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt.

 

What makes you laugh out loud? My cat, Whiskers.

Five interesting facts about you?

  1. I love kittens and cats
  2. I’m a vegatarian
  3. I love Christmas and winter
  4. I was born in the Outer Banks
  5. I flew on a helicopter to get stitches

If you had a tattoo on your forehead what would it say? Rock your weirdness.

How do you take risks in your art? Saying what I think.

What’s the next step/level/leap for you in your work? Making more.

What’s your evening ritual? Eat. Read. Sleep.

What’s your advice? Always be you.

 

“If you are brave you can do anything.