Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Wrap-up: Los Angeles Renegade Craft Fair

It was very busy and bustling last weekend at the Renegade Craft Fair in Los Angeles — a little warm, a little windy — but in all a success and the RCF staff was incredibly helpful. Thanks to all who came out and stopped by.

I owe a huge thanks to OhMa Felt, who makes my hand-dyed wool felt, as she first suggested that Kata Golda and OhMa get tables at both the L.A. and San Francisco (happening this weekend) RCF events. She then orchestrated the whole event and made sure that every last detail was perfect, including the arrangements on the tables. Quite simply, I could not have done this without her. Thank you OhMa!

If you're going to be in San Francisco this weekend, and have time to attend the Renegade Craft Fair, be sure to keep an eye out for our tables — they'll be right next to one another. OhMa will once again have her fabulous hand-dyed wool felt for sale, available in a range of sizes and an entire rainbow of colors.

And I'll have lots of little mouse finger puppets (my little bargain item!) available, like the ones on the cover of Kata Golda's Hand-stitched Felt, which will be for sale as well. I'll also have letterpress printed photo albums (some with felt), felt patch albums, pillows, stuffed companions and will be taking orders for items personalized with hand-stitching.

So come on down — the fair is free to attend — and say hi.

Renegade Craft Fair

Fort Mason Center Festival Pavillion (San Francisco, CA)
Saturday July 31 & Sunday August 1, 2010

And if all goes well, we're hoping to return to the Bay area to attend Renegade's Holiday Craft Fair in December. What do you think?

~Kata Golda

Monday, July 19, 2010

Stitching in the Midst of Quiet

[ABOVE] Stitching in Eastern Washington.

One of my favorite things to do is to stitch outside. Outside, in a place that is quiet of people, and yet noisy with sounds of birds and the touch of a light wind on the leaves.

[ABOVE] My morning work: patches for my "3 birds" photo albums — one of my many bird-inspired projects.

When I'm in this moment, time feels completely dedicated to the sun's location, and I feel no hurry with my stitching or my thoughts. Finding a place like this to feel completely present while focusing on what I love to do (stitching) is a real gift. I am thankful for this discovery.

~ Kata Golda

Sign up for my bookbinding workshop in Seattle: Not in Seattle? Look for Kata Golda's collection at two RENEGADE CRAFT FAIR events this summer:

Monday, July 12, 2010

The Grouping of Things

I like lots of little things — especially when I feel like those little things have an end purpose and do not just exist as useless knick-knacks.

Take, for example, the impermanence of these 11 pizza toppings (11 because they were for my daughter's 11th birthday). I like the diversity of shape, thickness, topping choice, density of toppings, etc., all within the uniformity of the white petal bowls — which would not be very interesting on their own, but together create a certain beauty of utility when lined up in front of individual lumps of pizza dough, ready to help each person create their own delicious master piece.

Another example is this group of little stitchings I did: some on linen, some on felt... all were things I worked on while traveling, where my space for a project was limited. I packed a piece of linen, a piece of felt, a few random felt scraps and some thread. Together these stitchings are my visual journal, and each one reminds me of a specific moment of my travels through farmlands of Western Australia.

When I returned to the States I set them all out on one of my "waiting tables," and soon came up with the idea to put them on the covers of hand-bound journals. I cut an indentation into the front of the book boards, not only to frame the shape of each piece, but also to allow the stitching to inset flat on the cover. I then ripped, folded and stitched together the pages for the books — but the fun part was selecting the canvas book cloth colors to go with each piece.

[ABOVE] Two of my one-of-a-kind handmade journals, currently available on Etsy.

Creating something on the fly — without the parameters of my main collection of work — and seeing it through to its finish is so satisfying. You can take a peek at these journals in the Kata Golda Etsy shop, where I sell my limited edition and one-of-a-kind projects like these.

~ Kata Golda

Only 5 days left to sign up for my 2-day workshop in Seattle: Not in Seattle? Look for Kata Golda's collection at two RENEGADE CRAFT FAIR events this summer:

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Collectors of Wind

[ABOVE] View of the Puget Sound.

I am lucky to live on the tip of a peninsula where walks easily lead you to the water. I enjoy watching the sail boats move, studying how they catch and use the wind. All of my afternoons spent on the beach or on the deck of a friend's house seem to have found their way into my stitchings and letterpress printed albums.

[ABOVE] My 8x8 "sailboat" letterpress photo album. The illustration is letterpress printed in brown ink on a hard cover album covered in blue canvas, 50 acid-free pages, and includes photo corners.

[ABOVE] My 8x8 "sailboat" felt patch photo album, personalized for Matthew. The hard-cover album has 50 acid-free pages and includes photo corners. I also make them in 9x12, 12x12, and 3-ring binder sizes — with or without personalization.

On a recent trip, far away from the water, I spent quite a bit of time awestruck by the endless view of a different type of "wind collector."

[ABOVE] Eastern Washington.

I know these windmills might be considered an eyesore by some, and they may not make their way into my work anytime soon, but in that moment I could only think, How beautiful, how powerful.

~ Kata Golda

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