“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!
(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.
“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!
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 knowas I’m really a fan of sharing with workshops, presentations, apprenticeships and demos!
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!
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.
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
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.
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?!!)
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
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!
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!
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!
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. 🙂
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.
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.
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.