Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Favorite New Things

Why is it that when I am feeling the absolute busiest, I decide to delve into something new?

Is it because my hands are occupied with familiar tasks, allowing my mind to wander? Or is it the knowledge that as the holidays approach, I don't need to focus as much on finding creative ways to promote my business and can instead use that energy toward the actualization of something out of the idea book?

Or — and this might be the heart of it — is it the limited amount of time I have right now to devote to the exploration of new ideas, that makes it so easy? If I lose those perimeters, I fear I'd get lost in the seemingly boundless amount of time I have available — falling victim to ease of procrastination, and not respecting that time as a gift. As I jump from deadline to deadline right now, stealing a moment to explore new ideas is all the more precious, and I savor those opportunities — much more than I would if I had all the time in the world.

Whatever the reason, it just happens — ideas pop in, and shout for my attention. And should I complain, really, about how they arrive at the most inconvenient times? Because really, that time is better spent bringing those new ideas to life.

One of my favorite new things from my idea book is a felt appliqué wall hanging. I needed something to give as a baby gift, and took inspiration from the characters I use on my felt patch photo albums. Using hand-dyed wool felt, I cut out the animal designs and then hand-stitched the scenes to a felt patch. The patch is then mounted on a 5.5" x 5.5" piece of wood, ready for hanging on a wall.

[ABOVE] From idea to production: one of my clients has already ordered a series of custom wall hangings. Perhaps as I get into the groove of working on these, the idea cycle will continue and new ideas will reveal themselves.

[ABOVE] Another custom order of mouse and monkey wall hangings.

[ABOVE] New item: This new wall-hanging design of 2 cats is only available on Etsy.

In other news, life just got busier: I've been accepted as a vendor at the Renegade Holiday Craft Fair, taking place in LA December 11-12, 2010. See details and learn more about the classes and fairs I'll be a part of this holiday season here.

~ Kata Golda

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Friday, October 22, 2010

Collecting Halloween Memories

Only one week left until Halloween!

This means that the studio is filled with orders for black cats and little pumpkin photo albums, not to mention felt wands and crowns for little wizards and princesses.

And outside the studio, it means that this weekend's agenda will include pumpkin carving, putting the final touches on Halloween costumes, sending a few notes off to friends, and — my favorite — roasting (and eating!) pumpkin seeds.

If any of you have favorite recipes for roasting pumpkin seeds — sweet or spicy — send them my way by posting a comment below. These are one of my favorite snacks — way better than candy. It's one of my favorite parts of Halloween.

~Kata Golda

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Kata Golda's Fall Schedule

Fall 2010 is filling up fast with events that I've been invited to be a part of — from workshops and trunk shows to holiday craft fairs — I wish I could say yes to everything!

Here's what's been confirmed so far (UPDATED 11/15/10):

NOVEMBER 1-23, 2010
Kata Golda Trunk Show

Modern Domestic
1408 NE Alberta St.; Portland, OR 97211
(503) 808-9910

I'll be selling popular items from my 2010-2011 collection at this charming shop on NE Alberta Street, concluding with a felt sewing workshop on November 23, 2010.


NOVEMBER 18-20, 2010
Holiday Sample Sale
Thur./Fri.: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sat. 10am–2pm

Egg Press
939 SE Alder St #1; Portland, OR 97214
(503) 234-4233

Kata Golda joins Egg Press, Picaflor and Eleven Collection for a seasonal sample sale in Portland.

Items for sale from Kata Golda include wool felt, crafting supplies, blank books, photo albums, tea towels, ceramic cups, and various felt ephemera. Prices for these items will range from $5-$25.

NOVEMBER 23, 2010
Sewing Workshop: Stuffed Companions
9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. NEW SESSION NOW OPEN!
5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. CLASS FULL

Modern Domestic
1408 NE Alberta St.; Portland, OR 97211
(503) 808-9910

Discover the joys of hand-stitched felt and make a sweet stuffed companion for someone in your life. In this one-session class with guest teacher and author Kata Golda, you will make a stuffed mouse that can top a Christmas stocking or be given for Chanukah. Kata will get you working with wool felt, cotton thread, and bamboo stuffing; your raw edges won’t fray with this impressive fast project. For beginners and those who can't resist cuteness. > Register now > See supply list

DECEMBER 11-12, 2010
Renegade Holiday Craft Fair
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Los Angeles State Historic Park
1245 N. Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Come visit Kata Golda and OhMa Felt at the first annual Renegade Holiday Craft Fair at Los Angeles State Historic Park. With over 150 of today's finest indie-craft talents participating, holiday shoppers are sure to find something for everyone at this craft, art and design spectacular.

DECEMBER 18-19, 2010
Bazaar Girls Holiday Craft Fair
UnderTown Coffee & Wine Bar
211 Taylor Street
Port Townsend, WA

Kata Golda will be selling wool felt holiday items alongside other vendors at this cozy holiday craft fair event. (Sat. 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. / Sun. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.)

~ Kata Golda

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The Way Things Fall

When traveling and visiting friends I'm not always able to have my stitching, drawing pencil or idea book in hand as much as I'd like. With new surroundings come many new inspiring observations, and without my beloved tools I often wander off and draw in my mind. Even as I photographed this ribbon, my mind was already drawing it with a soft number 6 pencil, recreating the lights and darks of its contours on a creamy, soft sheet of paper.

In these moments I think about the way the light is hitting something/someone; the objects that people keep and the colors they have around them; the fruit they keep in their fruit bowl; the list they keep up with a magnet on their refrigerator; the way things fall and the arrangement they take once they've come to rest.

[ABOVE] Happy accident: the fruit really landed on the floor in this order.

If I'm prepared I'm able to catch these fleeting thoughts with my camera — but if I have the time right then and there I try to capture them with a pencil sketch or with a stitched "doodle", like in this photo album.

[ABOVE] A close-up of a the thread drawing from the cover of my "Bird & Tree" embroidered photo album.

[ABOVE] Little pencil drawings, done during one of my many summer excursions.

As fall kicks into high gear, so does my schedule. More often than not these days, the photos get printed and placed into one of many "idea piles" I have in my studio, waiting their turn to become something more than a snapshot of my memory.

[ABOVE] This photo of falling dead petals sits in two of my idea piles. One is of things I want to draw, and the other pile is of examples to follow when making hair on one of my stuffed companion dolls.

Once the rush of the holidays is over, I'll make a hot cup of tea, curl up by the fire, and catch up on those piles — sketching until the dark morning turns bright and it's time to begin my work day.

~ Kata Golda

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