Wintry Weaving

The studio has been pretty chilly as a workplace, but this time of year is more for scheduling and grant-writing. I always enjoy traveling, meeting new people, sharing the techniques that others have shared with me, working on new projects and being part of community art. Grants allow this kind of flexibility and help to meet the expenses involved in projects.

I am excited to have won a Regional Artist Grant from ArtsGreensboro that has supplied our weaving efforts with 20 small tapestry looms. These guys will make intro to Tapestry workshops easy-peasy as we learn tapestry stitches and then decide on a loom purchase after we have woven a few pieces of tapestry on our own.

The upcoming year brings several new projects, with a bit of variety. I don’t believe i will ever tire of designing fabrics, dyeing and weaving but it is nice to have variations.  Along with weaving residencies in schools, I’ll be offering a few tapestry workshops in North Carolina and Virginia, Creative Sewing and Natural Dyeing camps , Printing on Fabrics workshops and assisting my pal Nicole Uzzell at Arrowmont as she offers a workshop on papermaking. Along with these on my agenda, exhibits are almost monthly- scattered across three states.

Meanwhile, I’m working on new inventory items- expanding on the neck warmers (i found new buttons, y’all!) and a loose bias jacket/blouse garment for evenings in spring and summer. I’m also having fun with some small framed fiber art pieces and a few larger ones that are entering exhibits

I’m also excited to join a few guilds and fiber groups. And fall festivals are coming around. Looking over the calendar year for 2020, it is definitely fiber time!

Meanwhile, enjoy the winter honeysuckle-I wish I could share the scent it makes.Always blooms in the cold months of winter, even in snow. She kind of gives a sparkle of growth to a barren landscape! Happy second winter 🙂

 

 

The Wooly Worm Forecast

Wooly Worms are usually right about these things

In this case, I’ve decided to add a bit of wool to my weaving. Generally, I like to use cotton and tencel, with some occasional rayon. These fibers dye well, have a softness about them and are easy to care for.

Cotton is a plant fiber you’ll see growing on the side of the road in rural hot areas (perhaps on the drive to the coast!). A lot of insects like to eat it and there are some serious chemicals used on a lot of cottons. The process uses a lot of water, too.  Tencel is a process (patent name is Lyocell) and made from wood. Often these are wood scraps and the chemicals that are used to produce the fibers are used repeatedly, until the chemicals are used up. I point this out because Rayon is also made from wood leftovers but the chemicals are not re-used or re-purposed.  All things to consider

Wool is animal fibers from mammals that are kept in pastures, clearing out undergrowth and trimming grasses. A lot of small farm businesses have sheep, goats, bunnies, llama and other furry creatures. Wool dyes well, doesn’t always use such harsh chemicals and is very warm. There are allergies to consider and often the chemicals used to clean large amounts of wool cause it to be rough.

I try very hard to make good choices in fibers, chemicals and keep a reasonable local footprint. But I do like to travel and visit museums, exhibits, guilds and other fiber-y adventures.

Cotton Neck Warmer with Button

‘Tis the holiday season and I’ll be sharing some work at local shows. Hope to see you out on a fiber-y adventure of your own! After the holidays, it is residency and workshop time. I’m really intrigued by deflected double weave lately, tho the workshops I’ll be sharing involve shaped garments, tapestry and more snuggly projects.

Happy Holidays!

On the Road Again

But we missed Willie!

Maybe I should consider the Mobile Art Kitchen Express (nice acronym, huh!)

This season has been super busy with workshops, new adventures and exhibits. I’ve had  great time with the pieces I’ve made this year, taking them around to meet new galleries, workshop audiences and exhibits.

 

The warm golden glows of Autumn are here, softer sunlight, longer clear nights and planning for the upcoming winter days. I feel it in my color inspirations and am looking forward to a little more studio time coming up.

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Workshops are printmaking, weaving and drawing classes at:

Art in the Garden, Reidsville NC

Floyd Center for the Arts, Floyd, VA

Sawtooth School, Winston Salem, NC

 

 

 

Upcoming Shows are:

Whimsical Women, Winston Salem NC

Keep It Local Oak Ridge, NC

Art at the Park, Martinsville VA

Made 4 Market in Greensboro, NC and Southbound Craft Fair (previously Krankies) in Winston Salem, pending

Have a wonderful and colorful Autumn!!

 

Summertime Blues

“Sometimes I wonder what i am gonna do cause there ain’t no cure for the summertime blues”

Hope your summer is going well. Spring was so busy for me, and the first of summer was full and a bit exhausting, so I’ve got lists.

I left two studios in the past year-ish.  I miss working around other people and am actively looking for a shared space. The expenses and the amount of foot traffic for sales didn’t work out well, and change is not always such a bad thing.

When moving the looms, I’ve stopped to do a bit of maintenance and learn new stuff about them. One of my favorite looms, an 8-H Gilmore, has needed a few new pads and is in pieces. It is my go-to loom for wraps and finer fabrics with its’ smooth operation and sectional beam. I hope to have it back up soon (I miss weaving on it!).

Meanwhile, I’ve had a great time with workshops and classes, exhibits and look forward to those in the fall.  and I’ve taken time for yardwork and gardening. That is always inspiring. I plan to use more of the cut bamboo in larger pieces.

Coordinating the Marketplace at the NC Folk Festival in Greensboro, NC is always a fun summertime job- please stop in and say hello when you are out for the music, food and Makers Marketplace.  I’ll be working at FloydFest, too (still a deadhead!)

Upcoming workshops are scheduled for Sawtooth in Winston-Salem, NC,  Floyd Center for Art in Floyd, VA, then it is show-time for the holidays. Wow 2019 is speeding by!

Happy Summer!

Exposure

Sometimes it is a good thing!

(hmm, must have forgotten to click “publish!) I sometimes wonder if I am the LAST person to have clear vision!  Lately, I’ve definitely benefited from a different viewpoint.

I remember when I was about 8 years old and got my first pair of glasses. We had recently moved to Germany and as the new kid, I was seated in the back of the class, observing what (everyone I didn’t know yet) was really engaged with. It was great.. no homework and i drew on my papers, made up stories, read all the books. I kinda hung out but was really having a very self-directed good time, thinking I was just doing what I was supposed to do.

When we had the parent-teacher conference about why I had failing grades, the teacher (not a particularly snuggly teacher, as I’d been used to) tells my parents that I refuse to do homework. Wait, what? There is no  homework… she says, it is always written up on the board! and I refuse to do it! She grabs my  hand, drags me to the front of the class and shows me the board where, bazinga!, there were words and a whole line of homework that I didn’t see from the back of the room. I was a tad crushed and pretty much hated the teacher at that point. We moved again soon after that and I got glasses. And i saw leaves, blades of grass and all of the details in visual texture that I hadn’t noticed I wasn’t seeing. The world was not always the wet-on-wet watercolor when I sported my jeweled cat-eye glasses!

I still find it easy to just work on the inspiration at hand, and there is so much. I have to remind myself I can do this, whatever this seems to be. And i have to remind myself to look up and notice things.

Lately, I get to notice how resilient the pear tree is, after storms blasted out the center with wind and cold, the power company shaved off because it resides near a transformer. The pear tree has burst into a brilliant bloom with the petals blowing like snowflakes onto the ground in anticipation of another year. Same for those frozen little peepers that come up every spring and sing as loud as they can, ready to procreate and celebrate warm sunshine.

I went to the performance of the Guerilla Girls at the NC Museum of Art with some strong women and was reminded how important it is to stay included and involved. And to support things that are important.

Two yarn companies that I like have closed. It is increasingly difficult to find local supplies, tho I am trying to #Shoplocal and #Supportlocal, always. When I am at festivals, folks ask where I learned to weave and where can they learn locally. Where did I learn about printmaking? My best answer is, if you want things to exist locally, support them. If the local sources are missing what you want, let them know so they can still offer what you want. Take a quick survey when asked by an arts organization, chat with shops, connect with artists at opening receptions. Help to make the community interactive, resourceful, forgiving, able to change and inventive.

Art and Fine Craft is important to a fulfilling life- visual, performing and literary. It has many layers, one of which is business. Make purchases when you find what inspires you. When you commission or grant artists, be sure to take the compensation seriously. Exposure bucks don’t pay bills and I never seem to find a kind way to say that.

Be the change you wish to see.

I try, but I can do better.

The Red Queen’s Race

“Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!” [1

and so goes the life of anyone working in art. either one is so inspired that time and energy are always at a point of conflict, there are deadlines that are synchronized, the new thing you are driven to work on is going to have to wait (not wait) because you finally got the commission on the thing you proposed two years ago..

and of course, negative isn’t very productive.

some new ideas, different shows this fall, workshops at different places is all in order. I’m excited!

 

Have You Ever Wanted to Weave?

I really enjoy the many layers of events at craft fairs.

I like to have sales, of  course. It really feels great to find people like what I make 🙂 and I truly enjoy conversations and stories. Many folks will share their own weaving, knitting and other needle arts, sewing and yarny stories. And, many ask where weaving classes are. And I share what I know.

Now! I can say, I will be teaching several weaving classes and workshops at Sawtooth.  The class listing will be in the next catalogue, but it is usually on their website pretty quickly.  I tried several ideas- project oriented, structure emphasis (twill variations just before National Tartan Day!), weekend weaving, frame loom weaving and we have tossed in a few dyeing workshops, too! I’m not the only teacher so there are even more choices at Sawtooth.

Have suggestions? Please let me know as I’m really a fan of sharing with workshops, presentations, apprenticeships and demos!

Lets get warping!

kg

Workshop Review

It’s Sharing  Time!

I view workshops as a chance to share what I’ve learned from so many people that shared with me! I make every effort to have fun, informative and creative workshops and always ask for student input. That way, we all get the most out of our precious time! I say precious because with so many choices, after the struggle to schedule and find just the right supplies, travel to be in the right space at the right time, we deserve some precious expressive time!

Find the upcoming workshop schedule here. And please contact me with any questions or to catch up!

kathryn

Weaving a Path to 2019

Workshops

I’m so excited to share weaving in new workshops! I’m still block printing with more ideas and patterns, dyeing and exploring dynamic color ways and now I’ll be offering some new weaving workshops! And some are at Sawtooth in WSNC

Weaving is enjoying some front-seat love !! Maker spaces are offering frame loom weavings, weaving has become an integral part of public art with sculptural and structural shapes, color, re-purpose, light  and politics.

Apprenticeships are a “thing” again, giving new fiber artists experience with weaving as a profession, not just a hobby or after-career experience. Take a look at this collection of weaver’s studios!

For those who have asked me about workshops, my wise daughter suggested I collect contact info so I can share where some of the workshops I’ve discussed with folks –in the moment, at a craft show, in another workshop — and keep with what we wanted to do! So please consider adding your name here- it is not a database for sales or shows; that is already on the page 🙂

I asked some questions that I probably already asked you but… this might be called my “back-up memory”!!

Here’s to Happy Weaving in 2019! Lets keep in touch

Happy Holiday Season!

This is the Time of Year

Chestnut tree in snowmageddon December 2018.

The daylight is something to be treasured with incredible sunrises, richly colored sunsets, delicate lines of tree branches without their leaves (well, for most. Tho I pressed a LOT of leaves to use in weavings and prints!). The evenings are crisp, often clear with brilliant constellations and unobstructed views of the moon phases. I like longer days but I cannot say I don’t appreciate the beautiful evenings and nights, with the opportunity to read more and sleep deeply.

Silk, hand- woven point twill with accent threads.

I hope to see you at a show, but I am doing fewer this year. I am trying to reach more of the online art and craft supporters online to introduce new work, increase the unique clothing community and as I travel this year,  maybe we can meet 🙂 To that end, I’ve put more of my items in the Square shop (and if you are gifting, consider a gift card through this page.   

I have been listing in my Etsy Shop, also. If there is something you have in  mind and don’t see, send a message. I love the challenge of a special order- if it is something I can do. I usually do a sample, to be sure ( it is how you learn a  new thing, right?!!)

 

Card from Morgan’s Tarot

I’ve  been seeing more folks considering the purchase from someone local, whether an artisan, restaurant owner and farmer. Probably everyone has had the inside conversation about paying less at a chain store for a generic item and paying a bit more for a hand-made handcrafted item and service. A reminder is how those local dollars stay local, in most cases, whether when the artist buys locally for their own purchases, and the restaurant pays the farmer and weekend musicians or the farmers employ local labor and slow-grown foods. A special hand-crafted gift carries the meaning of thought along with it’s uniqueness. Instead of buying all the things, make simple and strategic purchases. I hope  you find

Noooo! I don’t know who did this but it is a big store vibe. #ShopSmall

something I’ve made perfect for someone you know!

Email me with interest in orders and to schedule workshops for 2019 (wow! so fast!).  My workshop calendar is available here, with a few residencies ahead, too.

Happy Holidays! kg