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!

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!

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!

 

Fall and Winter Festivals

So, this year has been blasting past…

I’m choosing festivals this year. I love the local community shows because people are interested in creating and the conversation is fun, it is great to have support and hear about those projects too!

I’m weaving at warp speed lately! I will have twist wraps, twist scarves, ruanas, straight fluffy and straight slinky scarves, FiberFlags (yeah, fun things that hang and dangle!) and a few hats and bags. If all goes well I should have some small Fiber Pictures, mixed media with tapestry techniques and image transfers.

Join me for some of the upcoming workshops! It’s fun to try a new technique and we have a great time inspiring each other with a variety of materials. Have a group that likes to natter and have fun? Email me so we can make a plan!

If you are in Winston Salem, NC please stop in at Fiber Company– a working studio with 6 artist/partners and over 50 local consignment artists.

If you are in Martinsville, VA please stop in at Studio 107 on Church Street, a working studio with 10 (and more to come!) artisans working in a variety of media. Workshops are available here, too.

Workshops for Autumn

Workshops

I was asked to put together a list of some workshops to offer. As a member of two working studios, two new community arts non-profit organizations, listed in a few artist directories and a few guilds and groups, it does seem like a good idea to put some projects in “ink”, though I am still a big-time believer in keeping formats and topics flexible to meet the needs of the group!

I have had a great time working in Artist Residencies the past few years, with community groups, guilds, art schools and in public schools. If you are interested in youth programs please check the constantly-being-updated “schools” page. If you are in Cumberland County Schools please visit my page in their new Artist Directory.

Any questions and interest please email me.

Weaving

Weaving workshop students should have a loom to use, tools; include a sley/threading hook, tape measure, scissors for yarn (fabric scissors), large rubber bands (4 or more), shuttles with bobbins, yarns and fabric for weaving.

Beginning weaving: Includes introduction to weaving- tapestry vs rug vs fabrics, introduction to the loom, choosing yarns, winding warps (first warp is included in the class), sleying and threading the loom, winding on a warp and choosing weft.  Weaving can be as simple and challenging as the weaver chooses! (look at the variations in woven spider webs!) and weaving is always open to learning more- and we often have several beginning weaving classes. I always have handouts specific for each class with vocabulary, images, links to supportive sites and my email and phone for after-class questions and answers.

Variations in threading: Includes a discussion of structure, yarns and “twist” on fabric (may as well shake all the puns out, right?!) scale, finishing and other details of fabric weaving.

  • Two harness and rigid heddle weaving includes yarn variations, hand manipulated laces, inlay and pattern weaving.
  • Four and more can include variations in sleying and ways to use yarn, tabby, twill, overshot, summer and winter, lace weaves and weaving with blocks. Workshops can be designed for 2,4,6,8 harnesses.

Sett to Weave. Size matters, density is important. It is important to explore how to place your yarns in the reed- tighter, looser, variation in yarn sizes all affect the drape and final product. In this workshop we will weave and share samples for future reference. This workshop is fun for a group and guild!

Find it, Weave it! Free-weaving uses found objects and materials for a frame, can include small tapestry for jewelry and wall art, is a fun social project for community groups, schools, guilds and professional development groups. Examples include: branch weaving with environmental emphasis, bicycle wheels with other found materials for cycling events, cardboard looms with materials that include items from the workplace as weaving options, phrases to be constructed into poems, etc.

Dyeing

Dye Crazy: Warp and weft dyeing with Procion MX series dyes. These are synthetic dyes- we follow OSHA recommendations. Includes introduction to color mixing, variations in primaries, secondary colors, color harmony, inspiration from nature and everyday life (for some  these are combined, not everyone)

Featuring Fiber: Surface Design on Fabrics

Surface design workshops can be focused on fabrics for quilting and special projects (such as for book covers, purses, collage and other composition, etc.) , embellishment on clothing- ready-made, blanks or pieces in construction.

Printmaking using textile pigments. Workshop includes introduction to block printing and creating distinctive blocks for printing, using found objects for printing (objects from daily use, leaves, vegetables, etc).

Transfer of images on fabric and paper. Simple with a lot of open-ended variations, images are transferred onto fabric or paper and color is added with a variety of techniques.

Marble on fabric and paper. Workshop includes discussion of historical patterns, pigment and bath options, pattern. We will use cotton, rayon, silk, cotton papers.

Resistance. A workshop that includes folding and dyeing, stitching and dyeing and clamping and dyeing to create patterns, visual texture and color interaction on fabrics. We use cotton, rayon, silk and a variety of dyes including natural dyes (if a dye kitchen area is available) and Procion MX series dyes.

Bookmaking

The two projects below include a student-designed cover (front and back), inner pages and thoughtful content.

Accordion books are fun, open-ended as to design opportunities, can include a variety of challenges as to content, functionality and concepts.

Side bound books can be very inspiring as to materials, can be very functional as well as an artistic expression and conventionality.

June 2017 and the super fast year

This year is zooming past quickly! Summer months are a chance to move equipment, find festivals and exhibits, set up workshops and create inventory.

I’ve been excited about a few weave structures to try out. The undulating twill scarves from fall have become much lighter and brighter woven on an 8-H Gilmore loom. And variations away from blue! just because.

The next two structures are advancing twill variations. but i haven’t got a sample yet so that is something to work on today.

Dyeing to make some new twist scarves for summer and fall, have a new wearable to try out that combines several fabrics and some inlay.

 

sharing all that soon! on the flip side of a trip to Arrowmont Craft School 🙂