Evolution of a Studio Practice: The Work Continues

This journal has revolved around my enriching experiences running a small textile/fiber studio.  Now more than ever I am revived and inspired to continue recording my reflections on those experiences.  After a year of health issues, I have returned to the studio to reunite the many strands of my practice and forge a path forward.  Here’s a recap/update of how things have unfolded/are unfolding so far this year.  My focus until recently has been my wearable work so I will start with it.

I have been spending more technical and production energy on developing fabrics for my micro wearable line, Petal-Una Collection (where you can also find my Petal Insta and FB page links).  Between dips in my indigo vat and direct application (painting and printing) of natural dyes, I am shifting my wearable practice to incorporate cloth enriched with more naturally sourced colorants. I have written in the past about my intention to integrate naturally sourced colorants into my work and to address sustainability in my own studio practice.  As a small textile and fiber workshop, I am arguably already producing a sustainable product but there is always room for improvement.  From examining material sourcing and supply chains,  to energy use, and material waste reduction and reclamation, I continue to look for ways in which I can be more sustainable as an artist/designer-maker.  It is a process.  A major step for me is the embrace of more conscious fabric enrichment practices in my wearable work. About Petal-Una: Every season I produce a ready-to-wear group (as well as commissioned work).  I market my wearable pieces through studio events and, when available, on-line.

Other Work:

Decorative/Interior.  I have focused primarily on felted works in the decorative realm but I am currently developing a new collection of textiles incorporating the technical groundwork I laid while creating cloth for the Petal-Una collection (as noted above).  These decorative works will include a new line of architectural 2-d pieces.  Images will be coming in the next couple of months. In the Atlanta area, his work is exclusively represented by Markay Gallery in Marietta, Georgia.  Links to the Kathy Colt Artisan Insta and FB pages are in the left sidebar on the homepage of this website.

Special Creative Projects/Artwork.  I am also in the process of developing new work pathways in this stream.  Of all of my work subsets, this is the most related to personal excavation, elucidation, and articulation.  Its development marches behind that of its more visible creative siblings but it is still alive and well. I will have more to say about this work in the future.

Teaching.  Finally, looking ahead, I will be reintroducing the teaching component into my studio practice and outreach.  Workshops will resume this Fall (2018).  Information and a calendar will be coming soon and will be announced in the usual locations.

Thanks for reading! 
Late Spring 2018.

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