Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Underneath, Where Things Grow

Thinking of the dirt and what goes on below the surface of the garden...what makes all of this color and feels so rich; no wonder small children like to put it in their mouths. When I come in from the garden I am not colorful, I am muddy.

I always start in my garden by digging my index finger straight in to check to make sure that the deeper soil is moist so the roots will dig deeper in search of water and solidly root the plant.

Inside the house I do the same thing: everything has to be just so and in place before I can begin the work I love to do. Cleaning the kitchen counters and sweeping the floors…this sometimes takes hours.

And if, on the previous day, I worked in my studio until the very last minute, I clean it up before I begin again: brush all of the little bits of felt and paper off my work tables, put away my drawing pens and pencils (sharpened first!), fold and stack fabrics, etc.

If I don't take these steps to care of what is underneath, not only is my work space cluttered but so is my head. Nothing will take root and grow. The clarity I feel from taking care of my environment allows me to have the freedom to draw, photograph or just quietly look at the way the light is hitting an object.

It is vital to take care of what is underneath...it is what is inside, it is our roots.

~Kata Golda


[BELOW] My freshly cleaned workspace: fertile ground for creativity.

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Monday, July 20, 2009

Abundance and Good-byes

At this time of year it feels like if I could stay still long enough, I could actually watch my garden grow.

The plants that are reliant on a trellis travel in measurable amounts, and yesterday's thorough picking of the ripe raspberries requires another thorough picking today. I'm reminded of the brevity of this moment as the snap pea vines are beginning to yellow and dry.

BELOW: Kata Golda's garden.


At Kata Golda it also is the time of abundance and good-byes. As we have finished creating and selecting our designs for our new catalog (available late summer), we have abundance!

BELOW: Stacks of newly dyed wool felt, wands, and
stuffed "mouse girl" companions fill the Kata Golda studio.



At the same time we also say good-bye to some items we won't be including in our 2010 collection. The good news is that we'll be having a sale on those items, and will let you know more when the details are finalized.

~Kata Golda

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Monday, July 13, 2009

Kata Golda is now on Twitter

I've set up a Twitter account, where I'll be posting notices about new items I've created, the publication of my new craft book, future sales, appearances and other things that I think might strike your fancy.

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I must admit, though, that in spite of all the wondrous possibilities the internet provides with keeping in touch, it will never replace my beloved little red typewriter.

~Kata Golda

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Friday, July 10, 2009

Hello from Kata Golda

I spend most of my waking hours with a needle and thread in hand. I sew to create functional objects (like books and curtains), I sew to mend and I sew to decorate.

There are only so many things I can keep. Eventually through giving things away and word of mouth I started selling the things I'd sewn and eventually there was just too much for just one girl to do.

As my business grew, so did my need for help. My friends helped me stitch, and as I looked around the sewing circle I saw talented people who were not using their skills: machine stitchers, pattern makers, fabric dyers, a potter and a letterpress printer. Their skills are now vital parts of my workshop.

I feel tremendously fortunate that what I love to do is the way I spend my time. I am a homebody, and my environment makes me feel alive — from my flower and vegetable gardens to my old, colorful house in the Puget Sound.

On this blog I'll show you new things I've created, let you know about sales on things I've made too many of, talk about what I'm doing in my studio and share what I see that inspires, what makes me feel most excited to jump out of bed and start my day — sometimes before the sun even rises.

My full catalog and online store can be found at katagolda.com; be sure to check back in the fall when I launch my new 2010 collection. It's been a productive year and I have plenty of new things to share.

~ Kata Golda


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