Summer Greetings from Studio Mariposa!
July already (yikes!!) and still much to do to pull everything together for the ACC San Francisco experience. It has been a veritable 3-ring circus (in my mind and in the studio) – between making and selecting finished work, creating an inexpensive, dynamic and functional set-up for a 10×10 booth, lining up the logistics for the trip, keeping my energy level up and my body in top felt-rolling condition, and staying open to new inspiration for future work. After many years of making, this is my first major show and I have been assisted at every level by other artists, family and friends who want to see this project finally take off (fingers crossed!). I am extremely grateful for their help (and I will be mentioning them, one by one, as the show approaches); producing an event like this definitely takes a village, as they say! I have been doing my part, working at a steady pace now. Given the physical demands of the technique, I am focusing on quality rather than quantity. The work is varied and features functional textiles along with some fine-art relief pieces and other fiber-based artwork.
In addition to my own booth, I was invited to collaborate with SF interior designer Jiun Ho in the ACC/SF Make Room installation. Back in May, I created a new wall piece along with 10 new Shelters for Transformation for the installation (some below for some images). Other artists and designers will be featured, as well, in this series of vignettes promoting the use of fine craft objects in interior design. Images from this portion of the show will appear in the August/September issue of American Craft.
In other news, my spring petal-una collection was well received…in fact, I completely sold out!…I have already begun dying for my Fall collection which will be out in late-September. Looks like a busy high-summer on the horizon but meanwhile….many plates in the air and the focus now is on the ACC show. I have just revamped my website – please check it out – and I will continue to shoot more photographs of the work as it is finished. From this point forward, selected images and other info/commentary will be posted more regularly on a number of platforms – this blog, Facebook, Instagram (my handle: kathycoltartisan) and I will be resuming my Twitter feed (@kathy_colt). The studio work is my priority but I want to include you in the adventure! Thanks for reading/following/commenting/sharing!