"Live a good life, and in the end, it’s not the years in the life, it’s the life in the years."

Keeping her eyes on the world

By on April 23, 2018 in Arts with 0 Comments

Kayme Clark poses near a favorite themed display in her downtown shop where some personally-selected items, like the vintage African elephant sculpture, are one-of-a kind discoveries.

Local designer keeps a clear focus on family, foreign travel and photography

By Susan Lagsdin

To celebrate their 1999 graduation from Eastmont High School, Kayme and her boyfriend Dustin went on an adventure: a month-long trip to Europe with her parents, Dale and Kathy Lambert

It was a natural combination. The couple had been friends since (her dad’s) history class and Dustin Clark was later her dad’s star student. But here’s the kicker. Kayme said, “I planned the whole thing myself — I’d never been before, but I was really good at organizing things,” said the now very experienced trip planner.

The European vacation was instructive in at least two ways.

First, Kayme vowed never again (she had to try it once) to book a prearranged sightseeing tour. Second, she learned she and Dustin — they later married — are both eager and compatible travelers. That graduation trip started a soul-satisfying saga of hitting the road, or the air, whenever the spirit moves them.

Kayme Clark’s photography often focuses on distinctive architectural icons. An extended stay in Italy yielded hundreds of pictures destined for a travel book; this is the Grand Canal in Venice.

“I’ve been so fortunate,” she declared, “that Dustin and I have been able to travel together for the last 20 years.” He’s a writer, she’s a photographer; they’re both historians. Having time and money at the same time — a predicament of most young couples — was solved with forethought, and every trip had a focus.

Kayme, at 37, doesn’t travel to the far East, Europe and Africa just for the sensual pleasures of exotic locales. She’s a dedicated photographer of photo-journalistic architecture and landscapes, mostly culturally significant and historic sites as well as endangered animal species.

Some of her favorite subjects so far?

Walls — as in the Great one of China, and Hadrian’s in Scotland. And the houses of Parliament in London, the summer palace in Beijing, the numerous classical structures still extant in the Roman forum. She’s documented wild tigers and rhinos. Elephants are a passion; she photographed them in Tanzania in 2014 assisting her young nephew on a feature film.

“I’m not an art photographer,” she said. “I do appreciate beautiful photos, but my objective is to show people exactly what the scene is, not just my creative perspective.”

Avoiding the temptation to editorialize, she has found success marketing her photos for educational and editorial publications — and as fine art prints as well.

Aside from taking family snapshots, Kayme hadn’t used a camera much until she aimed her little Olympus point ’n’ shoot at Kittitas Valley irrigation systems for a Central Washington University class project.

Soon after, as one of 16 students chosen nationally for a National Science Foundation Grant. She documented environmental history in China. “The people were always friendly, hospitable and welcoming,” she emphasized.

After graduating with honors in geography and history in 2003, Kayme launched a working life that over the last 15 years has synthesized her talents and her passions.

Her first step was to invest in good digital photography equipment. Since then, she’s enjoyed a multifaceted career working first in conjunction with her family’s East Wenatchee educational publishing business, Directed Media, and later as a separate entity, Kayme Clark Photography and Design.

A successful family project (from Kayme’s family of writers historians, designers and publishers), Washington: A State of Contrasts is still a best-seller in many Washington school districts.

She and Dustin kept up with their world travels, including a stay in Italy for 10 weeks, with plans to create a series of illustrated travel books. But a different publishing opportunity arose closer to home, and they both worked for a few years on the Lamberts’ two secondary level textbooks: The Pacific Northwest: Past, Present and Future and Washington: A State of Contrasts.

The second, Kayme said, “is a best-seller; it’s still used by school districts all across the state.”

Published in 2008, it was a whole-family project. Father and son-in-law wrote the entire text and mother did editing and image acquisition, but the all over design, the visual presentation of the book from color and graphics to cover and endplates, to page layout and chapter headings to index was Kayme’s work. She said, “This textbook is my greatest achievement — I am really proud of the collaboration.”

While she was completing textbook designs for Directed Media, growing her photography business (with the addition of marketing and website design) and continuing world travel, Kayme collected and sold antiques and art objects.

All the while she dreamed of opening a retail venue, online and/or downtown, with a focus on gardening and home décor. And gifts. Fashion accessories and jewelry. And kitchenware. And her own thoughtfully-garnered antiques and collectibles.

In 2017 she took the leap, opening Mulberry Manor (in the former Palmer’s Shoe Store site) with its artfully and ever-changing cubbies chock full of …all the above.

Though she’s still in the photo and design business, acquiring goods for the store and perfecting their display consumes her time now.

And, “I probably won’t be traveling as much for a while,” Kayme said. “I really need to be here — to make sure I meet everyone who comes in, to make sure the store looks just the way I like it.”

Travel, business, photography, design — with her trunkful of talent, Kayme, the well-organized woman who characterizes herself as an explorer and an adventurer at heart, hopes she can find a way to do it all.

You can see Kayme’s photo gallery at kaymeclark.com and learn more about her shop at mulberrymanorboutique.com.

About the Author

About the Author: .

Subscribe

If you enjoyed this article, subscribe now to receive more just like it.

Post a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Top