After graduating in 1959, Kim Naver travelled to Paris to study art history at the École du Louvre. In 1962, she became an apprentice in the workshop of one of the most distinguished weavers of the time, Lis Ahlmann, who represented the classic Danish textile tradition. She was later given the opportunity to spend the third year of her apprenticeship in weaver and designer Vibeke Klint’s workshop, where she also completed her apprenticeship in 1966 and established her own workshop the same year.
Since 1963, Kim Naver has participated in numerous important exhibitions of Danish handicrafts and textiles, and has held solo exhibitions – including in Designmuseum Denmark, which has also acquired many of her woven tapestries and textiles. Today she is one of the Danish textile artists who really keep the classic weaving tradition alive. This involves having a respect for the quality of the materials and a sense of variety and expressiveness in the weaving technique.
Kim Naver is particularly well-known for her industrial design and the numerous decorative projects she has done for private and public spaces both in Denmark and abroad. Among her publicly accessible major works are the tapestries that adorn the walls of the Danish National Bank lobby.
Throughout her career, Kim Naver has received numerous major awards such as the Cotil Prize in 1969, the Lunning Prize in 1970 and the Sonning Prize in 1975. In 1998, she was awarded the lifelong service award from the Danish Arts Foundation and was appointed Knight of the Dannebrog in 2000.