Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Endless Amazement

Thanks to the particularly cold and soggy weather in the Pacific Northwest this May, I've been "blessed" with a painfully endless supply of slugs and snails in the garden. Luckily I know some ducks that would be happy to accept a bucket full or two.

When it comes to planting my garden I prefer to sow the beans directly in the ground, but my never-ending battle with these slow-moving pests means that I have to let go of my preferred tactics and start the seeds in trays instead. This means more work, but my garden is an infinite source of creative inspiration, and worth this extra bit of effort. It provides a welcome distraction from work and replenishes my head with ideas.

Perhaps a benefit of this circumstance is that by having to transplant these sprouts, I'm more aware of their unbelievably beauty. What magic —! — the plant just bursts open from its seed and shell and grows up my arbor, providing the most stellar salmon-colored flowers and beans. And then later, as the season fades away, I'm amazed all over again as it leaves me with plenty of seeds to repeat the process again next year — and perhaps for even a hundred years beyond.
And then, from another corner of my garden, came this tulip: so stunning, so perfect.


Spring continues to amaze me.

~ Kata Golda




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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Living With Mistakes

My work on the 2012 Kata Golda catalog continues, with most of the items completed but still a good many to design, create and refine… and refine and refine. Sometimes I get so frustrated when I spend day after day creating things that in the end are just not right.

However frustrating it is in that moment, I know that if I take a break I'll be rewarded later with a moment that provides a new insight. But it seems lately that my work days are requiring more breaks than usual to have another cup of tea, walk around the block, bake something in the kitchen… anything to help me push through these creative hurdles.

Here is one of my many failed prototypes for a heart-shaped pot holder. It's made from a piece of cotton quilt batting that's sandwiched between felt and linen sewn together.



Not happy with how it turned out, I set it aside and forgot about it. Then one day it resurfaced and became my coaster at my morning sewing spot for awhile. Now its latest incarnation is as a pin cushion  —  well, as a work mat, really. At home it's where I stick my pins and needles, lay the thread I am working with, place my scissors when they aren't in use. What was once a cast-away has turned out to be a very useful mistake.
 



This pouch is another "happy accident" that I've also become quite fond of. It was originally made to hold photos and other memorabilia, but I've found it's quite handy for days when I'm constantly on the move.



I use it to hold my needles, pins and the piles of loose, usable strands of thread that fall on my lap as I clip off loose ends. I just pop this into my bag with a bit of stitching and I'm ready to go  — perfect for ferry rides to the city and overnight adventures.

Through this re-purposing I'm learning to embrace my creative failures— and perhaps even appreciate them a bit more in those frustrating moments when they happen.

And really, is taking a moment to go for a walk or sip some tea really all that bad?

~ Kata Golda


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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

A Splendid Day



It is a shockingly beautiful day today.

I've been longing for a day like today for way too long, when I can sit outside at my favorite working location — the bench outside in front of my studio — and look at my beautiful flowers without being separated by a window.

With last month being the coldest April we've had on record in 120 years, I've felt that it's quite unfair that this time of year when my absolute favorite flowers are in bloom, and yet it's been too miserable to truly enjoy them. Due to the excessive rain I've been in the garden every day, working to protect the flowers in hopes that they will last long enough for me to enjoy them up close. The deer here are well-known for their attentiveness to gardens, so each morning I spray the flowers with an awful-smelling spray in hopes of deterring their snacking habits.

And now, today....ahhh! At last, a clear sunny day that I can spend outside enjoying my garden: the fritillaria with its delicate lilting stem, like a lacey intricate tulip…and the anemones with their deep rich centers and complicated leaf shape.






It's a day of celebration for me. If you need me you can find me outside on the bench with my felt, scissors, needle and thread in hand — and the cat sunning herself at my feet.

Splendid.

~ Kata Golda





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