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:

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