Photos of HELD show

Hi All Y’all,

Here are some photos of the show at HELD.

The art will be up for another week maybe, maybe less, so if you are in Portland and you do want to (but haven’t yet) see the work, the store is open 6 days a week, from 11 to 7. No mondays, you know, it’s Portland. The address again is 3033 NE Alberta.

Last night I had an event, and taught a few people how to make yarn from plastic bags. It was fun!

When you do go in to the store, you might get to talk to one of several good friends of mine who run the store. The belts are made from reclaimed discarded material. They are the strongest belts in the world, upcycled, amazing, and cute!

So, here are some pictures.

Best,

Katie Simpson Spain

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thank you everyone who came to see my installation

Hi!

I wanted to give a big thank you shout out to everyone who came to see my installation!

It was really nice to see you or to meet you. I am so happy to have been able to share this art with you! It’s been a long tough road to this point. But, as some of you said (can I quote you Ben?) this is something that I’ve made into an art, and I do have complete creative control over the media now, after 2 years creating sculpture out of plastic bags. The sculpture is like nothing else that exists. So I am going to make as damn much of is as I can, before I die, so at least I’ll be famous and recognized for my achievements after that.

After my closing party yesterday I took the installation down. Soon the sculptures will go up at HELD, but I will not paint their walls. And the way they are installed will be different of course.

I am excited for that show! If you weren’t able to see the Jungle, please come to HELD.

Here are a few photos, for those of you wonderful folks who have been asking.

Thanks so much again.

Love, Katie

DSC00790fisheye jungle k. spainjungle, guardians, branchrootsthrough guardianthe old tips k. spainguardian, nyc branches, vines, k. spainnyc made branches, k. spainthe blooming vines, k. spain

ps. all of these images are copyrighted by me, dude, so if you use them for something you’ll have to tell me first and give me royalties! thank you!

pss. i am happy to do interviews, or send you better photos to publish.

brand new sculpture! finished today!

I just wanted to post a photo of my brand new sculpture! I just finished it tonight!

I needed something to show the folks in the workshop I’m going to teach on Saturday, and worked on it as an example of process though the open studios. But, I finished it tonight so I’d have it to show the folks at Mission Mill Museum…

This piece will debut to the Portland Public at the HELD Vegan Belts show in November! Come on over and see it, it is one of my favorites to date!

The blue body of the piece comes from New York Times bags, sent to me from New York by the fabulous Lisa Banner. Thank you Lisa! Thank you so much!

The flowers are a bit bigger than I usually put on this sort of sculpture, but thank goodness things are always changing. I love this piece! This is not the best photo. It is much longer than it is wide, and was very hard to photograph with my computer’s camera. Just fyi, it’s around 3 feet long.

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PS people always tell me that these pieces are oceanic, and FINALLY I see it. Yes, this ‘freeform crochet pattern’ could be the structure of seaweed, most certainly. Good point people! Thank you!

Exciting plans for November show at HELD Vegan Belts!

Hi!

I am really excited, I talked to my friend Micah today, who’s just opened a new store…

So! In November you will be able to visit a new installation of my crochet reclaimed plastic sculptures at the fabulous new & wonderful HELD Vegan Belts – that’s 3033 NE Alberta. Come over to see the art after the 6th. Please come visit this wonderful new store, and see my sculptures up close! HELD has belts and such made of reclaimed material! Very vegan & no carbon footprint! They are the coolest belts ever, and some of the best people you will ever meet. Please come support them and me by coming by the store!

On Friday November 6th there will be a fundraiser event for one of the folks who started HELD. He recently had a cancerous tumor removed from his head – which was, of course, very expensive. The fundraiser will help him pay for some of these crazy expensive bills. This super fabulous event will include music, a raffle (with rad prizes), and lots of other fun things. My art will be up too, and if you buy a piece of my art during the event a percentage of my sales will also go to his medical bills. If you want more information about this event please contact me and I will give you details. Here is the HELD website so you can see the coolest belts ever: http://m3house.org/HELD/

I will have a closing event for my show at HELD too, for Last Thursday, November 26th. I will update you about this closer to the event itself.

Thanks for your support!

Best,

Katie

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