Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Sharp Pencils, Sharp Mind

I made a trip over the neighborhood art supply store this past week, looking for some thick translucent paper to make templates with — but it was also just an excuse to get out of the studio and jog my brain a bit, which was in a bit of a creative rut.

Akamai Art & Glass is local shop I like to visit it often, kind of like my trips to the farmer's market or co-op. I know all of the areas of the art store quite well, but enjoy wandering about to see if there's anything new that will spark an idea or give a burst of creative energy....a paint brush, a new type of clay, etc. My favorite spot to linger is the writing utensil area, where I can test out different pens and pencils by scribbling a few marks on a pad of paper set out just for that purpose. It's hard to not walk out of there with a new pen to draw with.

This time, however, it was not something shiny and bright that caught my attention, but a tried and true classic. As I was scanning the area I noticed a 12-pack of good old #2 pencils, and without a second thought tossed it into my basket along with a few white erasers, went back to the studio, sharpened all of them, and returned to my sketch book with renewed energy.

It's amazing how such a simple tool can hold so much potential, and make everything seem possible.

~ Kata Golda

Look in the new Summer 2011 issue of Petite Purls for Kata Golda's tutorial on how to sew an egg-shaped chick from felt.

SHOP: & Etsy

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

A Simple Tree

I love that ideas can come from anywhere, any time. What's fascinating is that most times you're completely unaware that it's happening, and it's only in reflecting on your collection of experiences that those sources come to light.

This is a painting on wood that my daughter made when she was little. It is so simple, so clear, so uncomplicated. It inspired one of the designs on my new journals and tea cup cozies that will be a part of the Kata Golda 2012–2013 catalog.

Acknowledging that something from years ago is influencing my work today is a gentle reminder to pay attention in the moment, to savor and participate.
I love that tree.

~ Kata Golda

Look in the new Summer 2011 issue of Petite Purls for Kata Golda's tutorial on how to sew an egg-shaped chick from felt.

SHOP: & Etsy

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Balancing Act

Yesterday was one of those spring days that did not threaten rain, but did not promise sun either. So I decided to set up two work stations — one indoors and the other outdoors — to make the most of whatever the weather decided to throw my way.

Outside, in the warm sunny spot on my front porch, I had my stitching arranged and was working on embroidering names on stuffed companions. On a work table in my studio I was working on laying out and reviewing the new card designs that will go in the the 2012–2013 Kata Golda catalog.

All day I ran between projects, dashing outside when the sun was shining and back into my studio when it was not. The embroidery work was a meditative task, while the cards was a focused process of design and decision making… together making the perfect recipe for a mentally satisfying day of productive work.

At point, when returning to my sunny spot, I found Molly  — the little sweety — sound asleep on the bench with her paw slung over nonother than a new design for a cat boy stuffed companion. It felt picture worthy and made me laugh.

It really was a perfect day.

~ Kata Golda

Congratulations to this week's Tada! Shop giveaway winners Jennie Stalnaker Harnett and Lisa Goodman Brown! Each won a Kata Golda letterpress-printed photo album.

SHOP: & Etsy

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Process & Progress

Whether in my studio or in my garden, the current themes in my life right now center around the process of weeding out, paying attention to placement, cleaning up and reorganizing.

I've now entered my sixth month of work creating a new collection of items for the 2012–2013 Kata Golda catalog. Even things so seemingly simple — such as these felt balls — take a lot of diligent work to get them just right. But when my catalog is published at the end of this year, I'll be confident that it reflects my best efforts.

In addition to the catalog (and fulfilling orders — after all, it is wedding season), I've also been working on an art piece that will go up next winter at Marigold & Mint in Seattle. Part of that piece will consist of flowers made of felt, so I've been sewing a lot of those lately. Many have turned out quite lovely, and although I'm fond of them, they're just not right for the project just yet. And so I've "weeded" them out.

But in the spirit of giving new life to rejected creations, I'm holding on to them. I'm not sure where they might fit in with other projects — if they fit at all — but I enjoy having them near me. Here they are sprinkled in with the apple blossoms that lay all over my yard.

Perhaps inspiration will come from this new juxtaposition.

~ Kata Golda

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