Monday, August 31, 2009

Goat Personalities

Their head tilts and widely set eyes make goats irresistible, as does their insatiable desire for affection: tugging on my skirt… following me around in hopes of a scratch on the head… butting their heads against me with the message, "Don't forget about me."


The physical attributes of these goats, the way they behave and the personalities I have assigned them have inspired these drawings and felt appliqués.

[BELOW] Sketches of goat faces with different expressions.

[BELOW] Translating the sketches to hand-sewn felt appliqués.

~Kata Golda


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Monday, August 24, 2009

A Closer Look


A chaotic intertwining of vines in my garden appears as a large clump of deep purple flowers with a few straggling greens. But when I pull one of these viney threads away, I see it more clearly.



(This is just a hint of the new, one-of-a-kind items that are coming soon to katagolda.com)

~Kata Golda


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Monday, August 17, 2009

Blueberry Pizzas


The blueberries are a dusty, violet blue and just about to burst. I picked 40 pounds for jam, freezing, and pastries (for eating and modeling as well). The following recipe highlights their lovely shape and color.

Enjoy!

~ Kata Golda


BLUEBERRY PIZZAS


CRUST
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 stick of cold, unsalted butter
  • dash of salt
Mix together to create a ball of dough and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Divide dough into five balls and roll into round-ish shapes with rolling pin. (You may need to use some flour to keep the dough from sticking.) Create an edge around the circles so that when it comes time to add the filling, it does not spill out.

Bake for 15 minutes at 325° F. Cool completely and move to a platter or plates that you will be presenting them on.


FILLING
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
Mix together and frost pastries inside the edge with the filling.

Heat, gently, 1/2 cup of jam and juice of 1 lemon. Mix together and let cool a bit, then spoon over the frosted pastries.

Lastly (and most importantly!), place blueberries all over the frosted area, cute side up.

Serves 5.

[BELOW] A hand-stitched study of blueberries on a piece of canvas cloth.
~ Kata Golda

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Monday, August 10, 2009

Vastness & Isolation:
Hiking in the Olympic Mountains


I recently returned from an amazing backpacking trip in the Olympic Mountains. It's impossible to capture, measure or quantify the feeling of awe that comes with the vastness of its landscape. It is truly an unrecordable experience.

It can be overwhelming to read a book or paint a field, but manageable to study a sentence or draw a singled-out flower. Which is why when I create, I tend to create things that are in isolation. An isolated flower is describable and recordable; the lines and colors feel much more articulated and accessible.

Yet it is that intangible endlessness of landscape, and the humbling, inexplicable experience of my small presence within it, that inspires the search for the explainable detail.

~Kata Golda

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Sunday, August 2, 2009

Colors of Summer...Collecting Inspiration

Summertime's colors provide me with so much inspiration. It's easy to see how they have influenced my choices for the hand-dyed wool felt that plays such a large roll in the Kata Golda collection.

Reds and oranges…








yellows and golds…










and greens and blues.










~Kata Golda


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