This year, I was invited to submit work to The Hambidge Center auction (www.hambidgeauction.org).  If you don’t know about it, Hambidge is a non-profit arts center in the North Georgia mountains offering short-term residencies, as well as other programs and events.  I have not yet experienced a residency, but my work has – in years past, I have had pieces in the Weave Shed Gallery at the mountain campus; I’ve also had work in past auctions.  I have always felt honored to be included with the amazing and diverse group of artists featured at each auction.

While an historically live event, things are a bit different this year. Much of the process will take place virtually.  As an adjunct to that, I thought I would tell you a bit about the pieces I have in the auction.  Bidding started on 10/9/20 and will continue until 9:00 pm on October 24.   Typically there are two components to the auction – one, a fixed-price gallery with 2-D works and then the auction itself. 

My offering for the fixed-price segment is entitled “Network One” – Monoprint on paper, enriched with ink, pastel and gold leaf. It is a stand-alone artwork part of a larger and continuing series of pieces with the same character and foundation.   I was trained in a discipline (Landscape Architecture) which, at the time, relied on hand-rendering/2-D graphic skills for project design, process mapping, and previsualization. (I went to school during that window when working in CAD was an elective pursuit!)  Fast-forward, as a textile and fiber artist I continue to spend a certain amount of time working on paper.  Much of my 2-D work now is still rendered by hand and is primarily process sketching. Occasionally though, the results become part of a different sort of thought process.  The idea of “networks” is not a new one in art, and especially not in fiber art.  This is my contribution to that conversation. This work is on-going. Check out more from the series here.

“Network One” with detail

My main piece is Sheltering in Place: A Meditation Series – Weld Appliqué Diptych This project was launched at the beginning of “lockdown” (March, 2020) as part of an on-going exploration of natural dyes.  As time passed, the repetitive rhythm of hand stitching became a source of daily calm during the anxious early days of the pandemic.  As a diptych, they are metaphorically “hinged” by process and intention.  As part of a series, they are a witness to the moment and reservoir of hope for the future. 

Sheltering In Place: A Meditation Series – Weld Appliqué Diptych

I continue to work with natural dyes and create these modules.  While I have several other pieces along these lines, the fresh, Spring-like, warmth of the Weld color feels the essence of hope as we continue to slog our way through this current version of normal.   I hope you will visit the auction and support the Center (www.hambidge.org).  Here is a video short I put together about the Sheltering piece and process.

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!