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!

 

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 🙂

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Well maybe, but this site shares work and projects created by me, Kathryn Gauldin, KGTextiles and Dye Crazy yarns. Working with printmaking, painting, surface design, dyes, weaving of fabric and sculptures I enjoy making wearables, dimensional weaving, presenting workshops to adults and youth and craft festivals. Please contact me with any questions and interest.