open studio fun!


Please excuse the late posting of this – the event was like a month ago! Whoops! I forgot. Huh. This grad school thing is distracting.

Open Studio was fun. It was kind of weird, and I have had crowd/people anxiety for a long time, so it can get pretty intense now that I’ve moved here and barely hang out with anyone. There were a ton of people there (the eye twitch that I developed as soon as we decided to move finally stopped! I don’t recommend 4 months of eye twitch, fyi, yikes). Anyhow, the studio is usually very quiet, if you saw those photos of the space in earlier posts you can imagine… not so much traffic up there. I usually only see a few people in my program, mostly my studio mate, and professors up there.

Anyhow, it was really fun, through whatever personal weirdness that I have.

Lots of people came, many of my awesome professors were there, and my friends Mark and Lauren came all the way from different parts of Queens. THANK YOU GUYS! It was fun to hang out with people from the school some more too. I feel like I am a little too focused on working sometimes, and don’t get to hang out with many of the awesome people I am going to school with.

It was good, overall. It’s always great to hear feedback from the public. And I met some wonderful people, and I got some ideas. And it was really fun to hear how people interacted and reacted to my new work. It is always good to talk about the work, or try to explain it. It really helps me, it seems like I am always figuring out what the heck I’m doing through talking about it. Grad school is great for that. I am learning a lot about myself and the work I do. Opening up the studio to people I don’t know helps me get a fresh perspective too. I’ve had a great studio visit and some wonderful critiques since then, but that open studio really opened up my studio heart.

Awesome! Love, Katie

one of the guys in my program said he was glad there were girls around to do stuff like this! yay girls!

Pumpkin Persimmon Cranberry Bread! Mmm!

Pumpkin Bread Recipe!

This was popular in my Studio Art MFA Seminar class, and at my husbands work. Good thing it makes 2 loaves! We got to eat one ourselves and split one up between our cohorts.
Plus it’d be a groovy holiday treat!

3-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/2 cups sugar (the original recipe said 3 cups, that’s a lot)
4 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
4 eggs (or energ-e egg replacer if yr vegan!)
1 tablespoon grated fresh or dry ginger (could use more if you like it spicy!)
1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
1/2 cup canola oil
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 cup persimmon, cubed (I used 1 1/2 persimmons – mmm i ate that other half)
1/2 cup fresh or frozen cranberries, thawed (you could use a few more maybe)
1 cup chopped walnuts or almonds
optional 1 teaspoon lime juice
(optional: oat mixture for top – i just eyeball this but it’s about:
2 tablespoons rolled oats
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon sugar
1/8 or 1/4 teaspoon oil)

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees! Do it, do it, it’s worth it.
In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. In another bowl, whisk the eggs, pumpkin, vanilla and oil; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in cranberries and nuts.

Spoon into two greased and flowered 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pans (or whatever you have that’s sort of that shape and size). If you are going to put the oat mixture on top, do it now! Mix the oats, sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl or cup and sprinkle over the top as evenly as you can.

Bake at 350° for 60 or 70 minutes or until a toothpick or sharp knife inserted near the center comes out clean (I just did it for an hour, the original recipe said 70-80 min). Cool for 10 or 15 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely. Yield: 2 loaves (16 slices each – I like bigger slices that are cut in half). You could share that other loaf with your friends, or you could freeze it for later.

I should have taken a photo of it. But it was all gone before I thought of that. Next time I make it I will post a photo. It was pretty.

I hope that works as well for you as it did for me. Let me know if you have questions or anything.