Like many an artist, I find myself perennially compelled by a variety of projects and undertakings. It is sign of the times but also a reflection of a restless mind facing the other side of 50 (which of course is really 30!)…so much to do but hopefully there will be plenty of time (and vitality) to support all of this activity!
One project I’ve been pursuing for the past couple of years has been the creation of primarily ready-to-wear (r2w) apparel from hand-made artisan textiles, work which was formerly presented under the Mariposa Artisan Textiles label. I now find my studio work is differentiating into two broad streams – this ready-to-wear work and the rest of my creative output – specifically comprised of fine-art wearables and other fiber work, as well as interior textiles. My teaching and consulting round out the activity. With this shift of purpose and process, it seemed only appropriate that the r2w line have a new identity. To that end, earlier this year I launched the petal-una collection.
Sales and self-promotion are never easy but they are essential! Many of you know that I have frequently shown and sold my work from my studio. I have learned over the years that the nature and scale of this work makes consignment and/or wholesaling impractical; so, after much consideration (and prompting from friends and family!), I have launched an etsy shop to retail the petal-una collection on-line. It is a work in progress but I will now be regularly posting items there. Of course, I will continue to show work periodically at the studio, for those of you in the Atlanta area.
I sincerely thank you for your support over the years – whether as a workshop participant, a wearable art fan or a design client (or all of the above). This process does not happen in a vacuum and your affirmations contiue to give me the courage to push in new directions and traverse new territory. I hope you will continue to accompany me on the journey!
Good luck, Kathy! As ever your work sings and dances.