Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Girls' Day in Japan


On March 3 I had the delight of attending a Girls' Day celebration with some friends from Japan. All I knew about this day was that it had to do with dolls — but learned that it is a very old tradition among Japanese families.

Starting in February families put up a display of their ornamental dolls, representing the Emperor, Empress, attendants and musicians in traditional dress. The display is stays up through Girl's Day (March 3rd) and then — because of superstition—put it away the very next day.

I had originally planned to post this little celebratory photo of the two girls — with dolls I made for the occasion — just after Girls' Day this year. But when the tragedies in Japan the occurred the following week it just seemed too light-hearted.

Now that I know that these friends and their families are safe, this photo has a taken on new meaning for me. I look at the lovely smiles of these two beautiful girls and feel renewed appreciation for even the smallest things. I am reminded that all is fleeting, that it's ever so important to love your days, and be thoughtful of others.

~ Kata Golda


My new children's books, Stories for Bedtime and Tooth Fairy Keepsake from Chronicle Books, are now available for purchase! Ask for them at your favorite local book store.

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Monday, April 11, 2011

Creating a New Color Palette

My main focus these last months (and for the next to come) is my new 2012–2013 catalog. The print catalog and web site updates take a lot of time, but the true work begins more than a year in advance, starting with the items that will be in catalog. I've really been examining my work closely, being more discriminating than in years past, and as a result the collection will be filled with new items. (Get a behind-the-scenes look at the 2010–2011 catalog.)

There are so many elements that factor into what makes something "exactly right" when I'm composing a new collection of work. Design is a clearly a big element, but materials and color are equally important — two areas you'll see changes in when the 2012–2013 collection comes out later this year.

I've always been careful about the materials that I choose, re-using as much as I can to be mindful of unnecessary waste. A desire to shift towards more organic materials led me to choosing a new canvas that's 50% organic cotton and 50% hemp. (Is it geeky to say I'm really excited about its fiber content?)

Those of you that work with fabric know that it reacts differently to dyes based on its fiber content, and so with this new canvas comes an exploration of a new color palette. The canvas is dyed by hand and, as you can see, it takes the dyes that I use wonderfully!


Many, many color samples were made to arrive at this most recent list of contenders. There were a whole lot of beautiful blue swatches, but in the end I decided that two shades of blue would be enough. While I like giving my customers options, I've found that by thoughtfully editing my color choices my creations stay true to my voice. And so I not only try to pick my favorite nature-inspired colors, but also those that help create a strong and diverse palette.

The results with this new canvas have been amazing, making the creation of new items more of a treat than it already is. I feel incredibly lucky to be making a living doing what I love.

~ Kata Golda


My new children's books, Stories for Bedtime and Tooth Fairy Keepsake from Chronicle Books, are now available for purchase! Ask for them at your favorite local book store.

SHOP: KataGolda.com & Etsy

Monday, April 4, 2011

New Tea Cups


I'm pleased to announce that I've finally been able to catch up on my tea cup orders! The most recent batch has been dedicated to filling back orders and stocking retail stores — those of you in Seattle can now find them at Venue in Ballard.

You can also spot a Kata Golda "friends" tea cup in Pottery Barn Teen's Spring Catalog, sitting on top of a Chelsea Vanity (click photo to enlarge). I had no idea it was in there until a sharp-eyed customer let me know — what a compliment! I'll guess I'll have to add "cotton swab holder" to my tea cup's list of various uses.


A new batch of tea cups is already in the works and should be ready for online purchases by May 1. Moving forward, I plan to stay on top of my game so that I always have just the right amount on hand. It's hard sometimes when there is only a limited amount of time and many things that need making to fill it up with.

I am so happy with how they're turning out — thanks for your patience and for loving them so much!

~ Kata Golda


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UPCOMING SEWING WORKSHOPS WITH KATA GOLDA
Portland — 4/9/2011
Easter Egg Basket & Chick
(10 am – 1:30 pm)
:: Learn how to make an Easter basket and a wee egg-shaped chick from felt with artist and author Kata Golda at Modern Domestic. Register for class.

Stuffed Bunny Companion
(2:30 pm – 6 pm)
:: Learn
how to make a plush bunny toy from felt with artist and author Kata Golda at Modern Domestic. Register for class.

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