Who said coloring books were just for kids? During this holiday season, offer your loved ones the new book by artist Alli Koch climax, with 40 different illustrations, plus bonus velvet coloring pages.
We catch up with Koch, better known as Alli K, following a book launch party at Plano’s Stitch Fix, in which she also painted a mural. climax marks the artist’s seventh book by Flower Mound, a dream she never imagined fulfilling seven years ago, when she graduated with a degree in business marketing from the University of North Texas.
âWhen I graduated from UNT it was like Hunger games“says Koch Local Profile. Everyone I went to school with applied for the same jobs. Back then, it was one of those “I didn’t have enough experience, but they weren’t going to give me the experience” type of loopholes.
Koch began to create art between job interviews. She and her husband had just moved into their first apartment, and she made light fixtures, paintings, and other artwork for their space.
âWe were broke,â Koch recalls. âSo all of my gifts for friends were handmade. I made canvases, globes, panels and little things that I found at Hobby Lobby. I would be like “I can do it myself”.
As Koch continued to give his friends handmade works of art, his friends ordered him to create gifts for their friends. Earning money from her art, she came up with the idea of ââstarting a business, selling canvases, drawings and eventually murals.
When she presented the idea of ââstarting the business to her husband, he was initially skeptical, saying that art should remain a hobby for her. Determined to prove her wrong, Koch has given herself six months to make her business profitable.
âThese six months, I didn’t lose any money, but I wasn’t really making any money. I was breaking even. I was like, ‘Okay, that sort of works. Let’s keep going â, but I needed to make more money, not just break even.
Koch found his place in the wedding industry, doing calligraphy for wedding invitations and signage, and painting jackets and other clothing for brides and their bridesmaids. Eventually, she grew tired of the wedding industry, but just in time she received an email from a publishing agency expressing interest in offering her a book deal.
âI don’t know why they asked me,â Koch says, âbecause at the time I admired other artists and saw that their careers were so established and they were drawing these beautiful flowers. I was like, ‘Why didn’t they ask them?’ and my father said to me: ‘They saw something in you, they asked you for a reason, you have to take this chance.’ And I’m so glad I did, because it literally changed my life. And it has changed the lives of others as well. What I’m most proud of is being able to create something and spread something in the world that can build the confidence of others. I have so many messages from people saying âI bought your bookâ and âThank you so much for trusting. “
Koch is inspired by nature, conversations with friends, and time spent with loved ones. When she finds herself in a creative rut, she takes time with her phone and sometimes crosses Target.
She also enjoys planning spontaneous lunches with friends and family when she is overwhelmed with plans.
His most recent book, climax, features floral designs, as well as designs inspired by the 60s and 70s, on velvet pages.
“[The word] “Peak” is actually a synonym for “flowering,” Koch says. âIt also refers to the good old days. “
Since the release of his first book, How to draw modern flowers, Koch has gained recognition both locally and around the world. She has several murals in Dallas-Fort Worth, including her most famous mural under the Katy Trail Bridge in downtown Dallas, which uses living moss, as well as other murals in Knox-Henderson, Garland and Punch Bowl Social at Deep Ellum.
Koch recalls a time before the COVID-19 pandemic, when she and her husband were on vacation in Rome, Italy, and was approached by someone who owned one of her books . Making an impact on people’s lives, no matter how much or how much, keeps Koch inspired to create more works of art.
âThere’s something about someone sitting down with a book,â Koch says. âIt’s a personal moment. I really take pride in writing my books where people read them and read the instructions. I feel like I’m sitting in the room with them. I can’t be physically there, but I want you to feel that I’m here and I want you to feel that I’m cheering you on.
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