sweet slight studio move-over!

hi there,

i guess it’s been a heck of a while since i last wrote! yikes!

but, yeah, the holiday conglomeration and the wonderfully dark solstice and family and wonderful visitors have distracted me. also food! it is distracting when people are making so much of it and such a big deal out of it! mmm food!

also i have been distracted by moving my studio over a tiny bit! well, maybe 20 feet? 25?

i’m still at the switchyard, thank goodness. but now i am on the wall with the train against it every so (sometimes very) ¬†often. i am very happy to have moved, and am so super not done yet, but at least i have moved out of my lovely old space (so someone can move into it soon)!

i’ve put all of my finished paintings in the basement of my apartment complex. it’s stinky, damp, gross and not the best place for things of value, but at least they’re out of the way. otherwise, honestly, i’d paint over them. then what’d they show at my big retrospective in 20 years?

i am sooooo excited though, so excited! it’s going to be great! the studio is pretty much square – my old one was long and skinny. there is a ton of light, and i’ve got little zones for different work set up. the painting zone, the plastic bag crochet zone, the drawing/bookarts/printmaking zone, the building stuff zone, and even a little spiritual zone with an altar and a comfy chair.

well, it’s not done being set up though. it is close though!

i’ve been at the switchyard for over a year now. in a year people like me (i can be fondly referred to as “trashy” because i find things on the street that will hopefully be useful later and bring them back with me) can accumulate a lot of stuff. a lot. especially me, with this plastic bag crochet work, i have so many bags!

and i don’t want to thrown stuff away. there is so much that goes to waste in this world. i am an idealist. i want to use all of it. but that is not possible! so i have been recycling, throwing away what really can’t be used again, and compiling a large box of things to give away. and yes, in the spirit of making more more more i have thrown some of those bad pieces that i don’t like away. you’re too late. i tried to give them away and sell them for $5 (over and over again guys! you missed it.), but this whole hanging onto terrible things for too long has to end!

ha! more room to make more art finally!

so, this evening, at home, i’ve been tucked in with my headphones on. making plastic into yarn! i had to take a little break from the crochet, repetitive stress of the wrist, but i’m going to be more careful, and i’m super excited about a show i’ve got coming next year. until then i’ll have a few little gems of shows but i’m mostly planning to work and make revolutionary art, still.

wish me luck! i’ll update this sooner than later this time, with news and new goings on. and photos of the new studio space!

best,

katie simpson spain

so excited!!!!

hi folks!

it’s been a bit since i posted anything, i’ve been distracted by cranberries, mashed potato, cashew ‘cheesecake’, and things like that. but now that it’s black friday, and i don’t want to buy anything, i’m getting ready for the next fun things.

o i am so excited about tomorrow!!!!!!!
the event at HELD is  going to rock! please come see my work and if ya want i will even teach you how to make plastic bags into yarn! OMG!

i hope to see you soon, in between 4 and 7 tomorrow evening, saturday november 28th, 2009, at HELD (3033 NE Alberta, in Portland). it’s going to be so much fun!

ok, i am going to eat things now…

yay!!!!!

ps i am going to move my studio over like 3 spaces, within the same studio warehouse of fabulousness, Switchyard, and i will post updates about that as it happens. so far i’ve just been organizing a little, and packing up small things into the only boxes i have. it’s only like a 20 foot move, but i still need some of that packing magic to happen so it’ll go smoothly.

fun times!

crochet event @ HELD

Hi folks,

I am going to have a crochet event and closing party for my show at HELD VEGAN BELTS!

The event will be Saturday November 28th, from 4 to 7 pm.

HELD is located at 3033 NE Alberta St., Portland, OR 97211 and it’s regular hours are 11am to 7pm tuesday through sunday.

I’ve got a bunch of crochet plastic bag sculpture up there, and lots of BRAND NEW PAINTINGS!

I will also be teaching people how to use plastic bags to make yarny stuff! A basic knowledge of crochet or knitting is helpful for this, and maybe some plastic bags, although I will bring a bunch with me too.

Please bring your crochet hooks and some scissors, since I don’t have enough scissors for a large group of people. You will find it much easier to have your own supplies, and then you can continue to work on whatever it is you start at the workshop.

FUN!!!!!!!!!!!!

I hope to see you there and then.

Thanks folks!

Best,

Katie

 

This is not done, but you get the idea.

 

 

October of Wonder

Hello all you lovely folks!

I just wanted to let you all know about the upcoming OCTOBER OF WONDER!

Many glorious events will be happening. You are invited! A few of mine include:

First Thursday at Tyson Gallery!
I will have a large installation here, Our Own Jungle. It will be completely
amazing, a plethora of plastic flora! Many new pieces of this organic looking
plastic bag sculpture. Come see huge brightly colored and intricate sculpture.
Tyson Gallery is located at 625 NW Everett St #116. This is actually on the
Broadway side. Please come see the show from 6 to 9 pm on First Thursday
the 1st of October!

Portland Open Studios!
Come see me working in my studio the second and third weekends of the
month, (the 10th and 11th, 17th and 18th). I will be there from 10 am to 5
pm all 4 of these days. Contact me for more information and please visit
http://www.portlandopenstudios.com to get a lovely tourguide for the event.

Plastic Bag Yarn and Crochet class at Mission Mill Museum in Salem!
Come learn how to make plastic bags into yarn on Saturday October 24th.
The class will be from 1 pm to 4 pm. The museum is located at the old
Mission Mill – 1313 Mill St SE Salem, Oregon 97301 (503) 585-7012
See details and sign up here:
http://www.missionmill.com/fiber.html

Hope to see you soon! Thank you so much for your support!

Best,
Katie Simpson Spain

Check out my new blog!
https://katiespain.wordpress.com

I’ve got a new website coming, but for now:
http://www.kathleensimpson.info

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lovely plastic yarn!

If you are interested in learning how to make plastic bags into yarn and are in Portland please get in touch.

I will be teaching a workshop next week about this, at Janovec Gallery in SE Portland. The workshop will be an hour long and is sponsored by the Oregon Women’s Caucus for Art.

This free class will fill up fast, so please let me know if you would like to be involved.