The Question

Does every question have an answer?

Nope. I am not wise, I over think and I usually have more questions about the question. These are my qualifications for the answer “Nope”

Some of these unanswerable questions that one must answer no matter what.. are:

  • How long did it take you to  make this?
  • What is your best price?
  • What do you propose to achieve with this project proposal?
  • How will this project affect your  career as an artist?
  • Why would you want to make this when you can buy it?
  • What is your real job?

wait… that is an even number and i truly like the odd ones …

  • Isn’t this that old-timey stuff?

There. Seven. SevenUp, Seven of Nine, Seven brides for seven brothers. Seven of Cups. SE7EN, Seven Deadly Sins, rest on the seventh day.

so you can see, by the questions,

 

(again, with the Moody Blues!)

 

  • I’ve done a craft show,
  • taken work to a gallery,
  • written a grant proposal,
  • applied for a fellowship
  • told someone what I do for a living
  • again, told someone what i do for a living and
  • demonstrated non-traditional weaving techniques

There are, surprisingly, more answers than just one.  But, as it is the season to be jolly, I’mma go with a smile, offer a chocolate and a request to tell me about yourself.  As with the Seven of Cups I have choices. Some are harder than others, some are so obvious I miss them but every choice is a good thing to have as an option. I can make things in different structures, colors, take to galleries and offer workshops. I get a large percentage of grants for which I apply, I’m looking forward to a fellowship that should contribute a lot to my career as an artist. And I’ve realized that not everyone has had a chance to express themselves in a creative way so the last two grants I’ve written have been to work more with funds for equipment and some expenses covered in the greater community.

Meanwhile, please consider shopping small with special gifts that remind the person you thought of them in a very unique way. Something handmade is a great way to accomplish this. And support your community artists- they spend the money earned from your purchase in the community. They usually volunteer (here is my volunteer for art page!) and donate to fundraisers generously (the next fundraiser I’m donating to) and there will be more. (soft spot for Pet fundraisers).

And, I’ll be glad to make a special item for you, your bestie but lmk soon so I have time to do it up bright!

Happy Holidays

Change is Good

And here we go!

I  had to wear socks today. I am that person that meets you at the door, in the drive, down the street with my feet directly communing with the earth. My Dad used to laugh when he  visited that there were footprints in the snow and he saw toeprints.  Yep, I’m a barefoot snow-walker, too. But it is transitional, as I get used to the temperature changes socks become unnecessary.  I’ve shed the socks by now and ready to meet the earth for another day in this orbit!

Still at Mabry Mill on the Blue Ridge Parkway

The Warm Days of Summer are something to anticipate instead of something I will burst into as I head out the front door. It’s chilly now and all of the outdoor plants will become inside plants. I have  my 2019 calendar with several workshops, residencies and exhibits already in ink! whoo hoo!

Textile Cabin at Mabry Mill on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Like lots of folks, the shorter daylight and longer nights are a challenge for me and I’m  going to plan, with my calendar, for some changes. I’m hot on the trail for an affordable gym to get me through the days too cold to run and keep my head screwed on right.

Recently I went to a symposium in Roanoke, VA, City(X)Po. If you have a chance to go,  give it a try. It is never the  same in attendance, presentation or location but every time I learn new things and find new perspective.  Wellness stands out as a key point I pocketed with this visit, healthy living and the idea of promoting investment in our physical health toward a happier lifestyle. Discussion ran from helping at-risk communities, pharmaceutical companies and addiction and (my favorite) how arts integration is a key way to engage communities.

I enjoy traveling, meeting new folks at workshops and exhibits, seeing new expressive art and (after hearing the benefits of failing from Neil deGrasse Tyson) learning from mistakes. I live in an area of North Carolina with rivers, wildlife, lovely wildflowers and some nice folks. And the area also has a very challenged economic and educational situation with policy makers uncomfortable  implementing change. Isn’t this a great reason to vote?!

I’ve got new warps for scarves to wrap up with color accents, a few variations on wraps and have a few special orders. I’ll be at local shows in Martinsville, Winston-Salem, Greensboro and probably a few more, and will try my best to load up images on Etsy and Square pages! Mention this blog (hahaha) and I’ll add a 15% discount! Blog1018     I’ll have wraps and scarves, table linens and a limited number of bags and hats. But no socks.  🙂

Happy Autumn!

 

Kathryn the Weaver

About me

Writing about myself has never been the easiest thing for me to tackle. Looking back I can see how things connected and made a path to where I am but looking forward is the unanticipated adventure- pretty much always!

My dad was an engineer and we built stuff- a LOT of stuff. It never occurred to me that I wasn’t doing girl stuff or that there was such a category, or that this was dreaded math. We searched deserts for rocks and stones to collect, flew model airplanes, sailed his sailboat, built HeathKits and collected plants.

My mom  was a musician, playing piano and pipe organs. She LOVED Bach. As a kid living in the un-airconditioned south, we all had evening concerts as she practiced with the doors and windows wide open anticipating some small breeze. Our little dog howled at her right side with puckered pink lips pointing up in a very serious posture.

I painted the above background to illustrate the obvious reason I just always made art. I wake up to some wandering ostinato (aka “earworm”) and plan out some course of action to build something.  I had the BEST grandparents and we did stuff. Granddaddys on both sides worked in local mills and we had yarn, loopers and we knit, crocheted, made rugs and dressed ponies, cats and dogs.

Because I wandered the fields and woods, I often made my own paints and dyes.  I took all of this with me to school and ended up with an art degree, went on to study weaving and non-profit management.

I am doing my best to live the dream.. tho the dream shifts as dreams will. I sometimes teach workshops, I am always weaving, printing and painting, I write grants for community projects and i set aside time to volunteer in schools and local projects.

350 orange, red and gold threads have a lot of choices

I have moved my studio to my home for now. The handcrafted commerce market has changed significantly and as much as I like having interaction in a public studio it is a position I can’t afford just now. So, by invitation will do for now.

I am a big fan of the Minimalist lifestyle where you have objects with meaning, food for the soul, food for the body and special things, to me, are usually handcrafted. I believe there is usually more than one right answer and sometimes it is  worthwhile to find a few solutions, just to have the experience of doing something fresh.

one solution to the pile of orange threads

So, the bio: Kathryn Gauldin enjoys including a variety of hands-on techniques that translate into fiber-related d projects. She has always been yarny, weaving on tapestry, free-form and floor looms, costume construction, patterns and printmaking, painting and dyeing.

Her skill-set has expanded through freelance learning and apprenticing, through workshops, studied at High Point University, UNCG, WCU, Haywood College Production Fibers and Duke Non-Profit Management.

Kathryn has worked in Montessori schools (where the understanding of the tri-nomial equation was truly revealed), has been director of selected art schools and councils and was the Outreach Coordinator at the Sawtooth Center, working in  16 counties of North Carolina taking art on the road. Kathryn currently works in community art programs and artist in schools residencies, is a grant writer and web content writer, exhibits in galleries and at festivals and has weaving, painting and prints in galleries.

Terms of Weaving

One of my favorite workshops was presented by Bruce Baker – chatting about marketing for crafts, images, writing– things that I am genuinely interested in learning more about. (check out my freelance writing here). He was discussing the use of terms.. the hot glass terms (yeah, who else has a glory hole ??) and then.. he gets to the fiber folk. Just fyi, we win haha!

Lately, it’s been a bit deflected double weave style.. but when there are choices you sometimes have to try them all! Like the desert tray on the first go-round, not waiting til it gets picked over.

So, I’m weaving some lighter things after the run of table runners (still like the idea of Time Warps with color-ways that represent decade color schemes, tho. And I love that mix-weave threading i have on my little Gilmore loom).

And I have several workshops scheduled for Studio 107 in Martinsville, block printing at the Sawtooth in WinstonSalem, festivals for the fall/winter times and am scheduling school residencies for the first of 2019 (Patrick, Guilford, Forsyth, Cumberland and surrounding counties). Please let me know if I can bring a workshop to your group- it is one of my absolute favorite things to do!

I post pretty regularly on Instagram and on my Facebook Pages KGTextiles and DyeCrazy– have a look!

Today is the Day, Now is the Time

The Seasonal Artist

or, How I Make a Living in Creative Economy

  • Sales of Hand-crafted weaving, prints and other work (big pre-estate sale happening now)
  • Workshops and in-school residencies
  • Speaking Aloud
  • Coordinating Festival Events
  • Writing (Grants, Media Content, Web Content)

Sales

I love to weave, print, paint, dye and meet people who like what I made and want it for their own collection. Shows are usually only Autumn and Winter holiday time for me, with inventory sold online and in galleries the rest of the year. I post photos on Instagram- so fast!

Workshops and in-school residencies

I teach more in early Fall and late Winter, with Summer workshop times more concentrated. And that works well for me as I have spring to garden and start on fall inventory.

Speaking Aloud

I am often asked to speak to groups about a variety of topics. I have a variety of talking points because I have several “jobs” that mesh together and fill up the year.

Recent examples are:

Non-Profit Board and Organization structure and strategies.

A non-profit board is usually made of a diverse group of very well-meaning and dedicated community members that commit their uncompensated time to an organization. They support staff, usually help to select projects and programs that support the mission of the organization and and make financial decisions- just as any business runs.

Speaker for Guilds

As others have shared with me, it is important that

I share the importance of fine craft, history of textiles and the significance of a personal hand-crafted item.

Career Day

Speaking specifically to school/college groups about Grant Writing, craft fairs, commissions, running a business and other specific work-related details.

Coordinating Festival Events

I have three festivals that I get to work with. They add income plus the artisans I work with are such nice people. The festival is a LOT of work for groups of time, then not so much. Calendars are so important!

This year you’ll find me Coordinating the Maker Marketplace at the North Carolina Folk Festival in Greensboro, NC. And will be working at 2018 FloydFest in Virginia.

Support Local!

Writing

The things you think you won’t need to know when you are in school are the things you will probably need! I am a reader and I love to collect words and phrases. I carry a notebook for just that reason! sometimes this part migrates into my sketchbook but not always. When I finished my undergraduate degree I began working at a local radio station and quickly learned that I really enjoy writing advertisements, commercials, on-air content. It is a treat to have your work “performed” by professional announcers.

I went on to write grants that fund my projects. I kept writing content, moved into SEO and social media. I have a page on this website for new work reference. I get to research and learn more about other businesses, I can use my collection of SEO saves and some of those phrases I collect, work from home and add a bit of income to my budget.

As the seasons change nature’s colors change, jobs change and with the mix it usually works out. This year was a tough one as I had some unexpected medic-al expenses and a few other things, so the first annual Pre-Estate Sale is born. I have more inventory and need room for new work and I have some extra bills that I need to pay asap. A sale seems a good start to resolution.

Now is a season for change and flexibility plus some new things to learn are the 2018 plan! Hope you find something you will enjoy in the shop sale!

 

It’s Spring! no, wait…

Spring in NC

    The elusive season. We start… meh. We start again…

Now we have buds, blue skies, warm days- funny how 65F after winter is so much warmer than 65 in October! Alas! 

Spring weather is probably my favorite.. with warm enough weather and not all the insects are hatched- I garden.

That includes being outside with the blood-sucking species in North Carolina- ticks, mosquitoes, assassin bugs.. haven’t met them yet?oooh. funtimes .

 

The flip side… the world wakes up and blooms!

 

I spent a week in Fayetteville with some wonderful people creating a tapestry.. (photos to follow) and the Cape Fear River is incredibly amazing! most of my photos are on instagram. !

 

It has always been such a treat to watch this blossoming.. after the short dark non-running days of winter.. here we go! new year. The earth knows that this, too, shall pass. My grandma used to remind me of this pretty regularly. As I gain years I learn so much more about my wonderful grandparents.

And work scheduling switches up.

It’s not the

best time for handwearable sales but PERFECT for school residencies,  workshops, festivals and finalizing work for the next year. #Plottwist!

The photo to the right is of a painting my granddaughter created when she was visiting. It reminds me of warm summer nights with Amber…

Hope you are enjoying this year so far. There are some really wonderful things to be experienced… don’t miss them! And… more willcome 🙂

 

I’m making efforts to keep up the calendar.  Please contact me if you’re interested in a workshop.

So Close to Spring!

Time for brighter colors, lighter yarns and fabrics!

Winter inventory of scarves and wraps is almost finished! And with that begins the Winter Inventory Sale! I’ll list these on my Square page and Etsy page asap. This sale is a 20% off on all items over $65. If you are an American Express credit card customer, the special for purchasing $40 on your card gives you $10 off on your statement.

Just in time for #GalentinesDay #ValentinesDay. It is a great time to treat yourself!

I had truly planned to begin making monthly donations to selected non-profits this year- I believe very strongly in supporting community efforts and when we all work together those efforts move ahead much better. This month, however, I am faced with a vet bill for my best friend; my intentions are still in place and I hope to get back on that track soon.

Looking ahead, I have some upcoming workshops and residencies! If your group is interested in a workshop please contact me- for any of the listed workshops or customized fibery experience.

Please  follow me on Instagram as I post projects much better there 🙂

I’ve been block printing-dye-stiching some new pieces (revisiting some work I did when the dinosaurs roamed the earth) and heading toward some bright summer colors. I am a believer that bright color does make things better!

Meanwhile, stay warm and have colorful thoughts!

Workshop Time

Boy, Was I Weaving a Lot!

So  as I work on some ideas for new patterns and projects (I don’t know that I’ll ever run out of weaving ideas!) I’m digressing on some workshops.

I’ve been working on my house a bit, learning some new skills, decorating in my own style! Last winter I painted murals, put up lights and this year it’s floors. I’ve been doing the paper-bag-glue floor. So far, so good but I picked a large room so it is not as speedy as the 2 minute online video! And the cold has slowed down the staining/finishing/ventilation options so while that is on hold, on to the floorcloths!

And workshops!

While I’m working on my floorcloths, why not invest in more supplies and share the fun! They are a great way to personalize home designs and can be traditional, contemporary, bright and subtle.

While I’m curling up with movies and cat-time, I’ve started on a series of image transfers and stitch embellishment pieces to exhibit in the spring. so we have the Image Transfer Workshops!

And, it is time for those wonderful seed catalogues- making plans for warmer days and deciding to keep a better series of journals. So, here we go with the side bound book workshop.  All of the surface design workshops give me lots of options for binding and cover fabrics! Very sculptural, these journals– and I can use the journals for references as to what was i doing? 🙂

Enjoy your winter! Watch for my birthday and Caturday sales this month–  extra unexpected vet bills are an inspiration to have sales.

Happy New Year!

Wrapping up the Holidays!

Inspired to #ShopLocal

Sometimes the weather, events, work and family throw some really interesting curves into what started out as a great plan for holiday shopping! As much as we all like having our artsy shops local and want to support local art, artisans, craftsfolk and artists time runs away!

So many local artists have an online shop- so you CAN support local art and craft online! Whether it snows, sleets, gets just too darn dark to migrate out of hibernation.. check out the local artists! Many have sales on their websites, Facebook page, commerce pages like Etsy.com with listings of local events  and SquareUp pages (if your artist uses a square for payment chances are they have an online Square shop).

When you go to a festival and market hang on to that vendor list! Here is a list  of the names you can follow up with if you thought you might need that thing… betcha they will be on Facebook, Etsy, SquareUp, Shopify or some other online shop. Or they may have a commerce page on their own website!

#SupportLocalArt is so important-keep those dollars local to invest in restaurants, schools, sports, local businesses and be sure the arts thrive in your community by supporting the Creative Economy!

As for me, I’ve got my commerce listed here on my website, you can always visit Fiber Company and Studio 107, give me a shout and I’ll do my best to either have what you are looking for or steer you in the direction of one of our local artists.

#BuyLocal

November 6, 2018

This month and next month are big times for local artists- holiday sales are very important and we all work a lot to develop interesting items, make our wares available to anyone interested.

We pay to attend festivals, create displays, put our work in shops and galleries, post images in online shops and try to present our goods in a professional manner with easy-to-use purchase points. All of these skills are important to have to be a professional fine craftsperson. Very often we learn as we go- but we get better every time 🙂

When you can support local art the funds support the artist. When you buy local the dollars stay in the community; supporting artists and crafts people, food vendors and trucks at the event, often hotels keep the artists in town, musicians that play at the events- local support doesn’t have to trickle down from a large global business.

So, I hope you’ll find those special gifts for family and for yourself in the upcoming holiday season locally, with small businesses and with the even smaller independent artisans!

And here is the link to my calendar– where I’ll be at the following festivals in the next few weeks. I hope to see you- be sure to say hello!