Slingshot!

Heyyyy!

I drew a month in the pocket size 2016 slingshot planner. It just came out!

If you haven’t seen or used this planner I highly recommend it. You can find it at your local activist bookstore, it’s cheap. There are important historical dates listed on each day and a lot of fun art throughout. It comes in a ton of colors. I got brown with silver ink this year! I love it so much!

My month starts August 15. My drawings are about late summer. 

Here are a few pictures. You’ll have to get the planner to see my other 2 weeks!

Yay!!! 

Best, Katie
   
   

Back in nyc

hey!

I’m back in nyc, teaching again and getting back into the working too many jobs. Woo! Glad to be back!

I’ll post some adventure and printmaking pictures soon, but wanted to post a couple of new mixed media friendship bracelet sculptures to tide you over. As usual they are primarily recycled or reused materials of personal topical significance. Bad pictures, on an off white wall (eesh), but you get the gist of the direction they’re headed. Fun changes!

I hope you had a wonderful summer.

Best,

Katie

PS In the meantime my instagram account has way too many summer adventure pictures… you can look at that. It’s my whole name (well most of it). Same title as the blog.

Canary ❤️s Coalmine

Two Lakes and a Waterfall. Broken, Mending

Printing and stuff

hi there!

So, as usual I’m printing in my time between jobs. I have too many jobs. But I get to print sometimes so it’s ok.

Here are some sweet shots of the drying rack last time I printed… Gimme a couple days and I’ll fill that thing back up again, fast!

Hope spring is treating you nicely wherever you are.

Best,

Katie
   
   

Priiiiinting!!!!!

Hey!

Dude I am so excited about woodblock printing! Ahhh! Printmaking is the best!

I had a great day today hand printing little 4 color reduction woodcuts, using a chunk of 2×4 driftwood I found on a beach in Capitola, California. And I started cutting and wirebrushing another 2×4 for a new bigger (long) print.

I took some pictures so I could explain part of my process to one of my best most awesome friends ever so I figured I would put them up here too!

I love hand printing! You could do all of this stuff at home! No press necessary! Yessssss! Studio space is nice though… and pins and tabs (or a hole punch, and a registration block thing. That stuff helps.) But especially if yr working small you don’t really need any of it. Just patience, perseverance, ink, paper, tape, a good spoon, a brayer and something to print. Yay art for everybody!

This print is up in city colleges Cohen Gallery Archives – as part of CCNY Women Make Art, until April 4th. I’ll post the show flier too!

Printing foreverrrrrrr!!!

xoK

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2014 is going to be great!

Wow, it’s 2014!

We made it!!!

How did you celebrate the turning of the Gregorian calendar?

We are at the bottom of the darkness too, with solstice well through! Don’t forget to eat a lot of oranges to bring sun into your life!
It’s coming back! It’s on it’s way!

I started my year by beginning my resolutions early, on New Year’s Eve, and drew, wrote, went to the park (in snow flurries), exercised, meditated and ate good food. New York New Years is crazy downtown so I stayed up in beautiful Harlem. I’d traveled to see my family for a couple short days (i hope to go back for longer this summer and see more people and places, dang time and it’s fleeting nature) and came back on the morning of new years eve. Coming back to the city was weird (I left my heart near San Francisco, as they say), but my New Year’s Eve was grounding and great.

New Year’s Day was all sleep and brunch, babysitting, drawing, and hanging out – a good year so far.

I hope your new year is everything you want it to be! I hope it’s epic and adventurous! I hope it’s fun and productive! I hope you get stronger and more in touch with your goals so you can accomplish them! I hope you work hard and play hard and live your life to its best and most awesome potential. Lets rock this thing! This is going to be a great year.

XOK

PS Come take a class with me, I’m teaching Linoleum/Woodcut Printmaking at the City College of New York this coming term. Thursday mornings come learn how to block print like a champ! It’s going to be hella for real fun, and the best thing ever!

PSS Here are a few adventure pictures! Life is good. Let’s make some art now! And go outside! Yay! Ok!

PSSS Have you heard the new Angel Haze album? I can not stop listening to it! And did you see Jean Grae’s online tv show? So cool!!! Dang.

PSSSS The rad artist I work for is having a show soon, more info to come! April, Chelsea, be there!

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back to our regularly scheduled programming

Hi!!!

So, you notice I haven’t talked about making art much lately. The other parts of life are so big sometimes.

But of course I have been making art. That’s the point, right, the whole point. Yes.

I work some nights helping out students at City College in the print shop… Every week I go talk with these awesome people about printmaking and we work together and troubleshoot answers to their print troubles. It is wonderful. It makes my life glow! My trajectory is heading in the right direction and I am so lucky to be where I am.

Also I get to print while I’m there!!! Though its so few hours each week I’m slow, I’m still getting some good work in. First a spirit animal chimera (that month a few people and I were acting like snakes and wolves, yikes, art made it more real and I got to move through it thank goodness), and now I’m printing a new 2×4 landscape. This one is darker than the others. Starlit even. I love it so much!!!! Oh I love it! Art is my favorite.

Theres something so satisfying about hand printing these cut and wire brushed 2×4 boards, cutting them again and printing them again. i like to use 2 boards. I burnish (squish the ink on) with a pretty bamboo spoon, and print on okawara paper if I can afford it. 4 pretty transparent colors usually. It’s wonderful. Best thing since sliced bread. I’d hoped to finish tonight, but there was so much action in the shop and I’m bone tired… So I am all ready to finish next week. I’ll update then. I’ll have started a couple of collaborative prints with superstar artist Melissa Walker by then as well, so I may have more to show too. Or soon.

Here are a few pictures of my 2×4 landscape print progress. Dude, seriously, I am pretty darn excited about the palette and the prints so far. Mmmm I just added some milori blue tonight (not straight, silly). So dreamy. Just one last color, on the hills. Dark dark greenblue transparency and trees. Sweet evergreens from my heart.

You can see this print in person, as part of City’s Printmaking Show at Compton Goethals Gallery (1st floor of Compton Goethals, CCNY, 109 Convent, NYC) up through December 13th!

Art forever, dears, art forever!

xoK

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PS Yes of course with the music lifeboat still… This week it’s The Modern Lovers self titled 1972 album. It’s so good! Most of it. Oh music! Swoon.

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Joining Forces at City College

Hi!

I’m part of a September show at the City College of New York! Joining Forces showcases artwork by people in the area, bringing together a variety of great art by people who live and work in Harlem. I am so honored to be part of this wonderful show.

On September 12th at 6 there is going to be a cool outdoor opening, come meet some great artists!!! Come over!

The art is going to be up for a couple months outside of the NAC building on Amsterdam and 137th.

My recycled paper and plastic installation, River, was chosen as part of the postcard image too! Yay! There’s a limited edition poster of the show image I’ve included here that will be available at the opening.

Hope to see you there.
Katie

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Here’s an article from the huffington post about the show: http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/4373547?1386016246

City’s Six Video!

Video

Hi!

Here is a video of the opening of City’s Six, at One Art Space, made by the awesome Bernard Lee.

Hope all is well with you!

I’ve got to pack my studio up… and move out.
Sad times.

But anyhow, it’ll be good in one way or another.

Take care!
Katie

Print that!

Heyyyy! How’re you?

This last term of grad school had been so crazy fun! A million things at a million miles an hour. A million! Yep.

Through all the other good stuff I’ve been working in a group printing an edition of fancy prints for awesome artist Nicola Lopez. Its part of a cool program at city college called City Editions led by masterprintmaker genius Megan Foster. Nicola Lopez has a fantastic show up at Pace Prints right now which you should see if you can! Wonderful prints that push the media in exciting directions. Look her up! The project I’ve been working on combines woodblocks, etching, collage and embossing, and will culminate in 2 prints, in editions. It’s been really fun and a great experience to learn how printshops produce editions with artists. A totally different methodology than just printing for oneself. But the efficiency I’ve honed through this certainly crosses over into the prints I am making in my own practice. Also I have made some really good friends! And will help more artists print because of this! So it’s like the best thing ever.

I’ve been really excited about printmaking lately! I got to TA a great relief (lino mostly) class for Carl Fudge who’s paintings and prints you need to look up! He and the class were wonderful! I loved working with those people, lots of great prints came out if that class and the smart students! Also I’ve been pulling 2×4 prints! What I mean by that is I carve and print 2×4 boards. I also have done large plywood, and am working on another board (the dimensions of which is around 1x12x40). I have to hand print them, so they take a while, and muscle, and its been awesome. I use the print shop at City when no one else is around and listen to loud music, it’s really fun!!!

In fact I just finished another 2×4 print today! This one is called ‘The roadtrip we’ll take’. It’s 4 layer combo of reduction and multiple block goodness.

Rad!

I am so tired and need to finish up one of the last assignments I will have in this school. I really want to go to the beach soon, so I need to finish up a bunch of things! Also graduating, ummm, yeah.

Oh my broccoli is ready! You take care alright!

Katie

the roadtrip

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