More summertimes…

And more travel…

Pacific and Atlantic oceans. Some woods, some waterfalls, some rivers, some hotsprings.

And more adventures to come.
And a book about it, of course.

Time to put some paint on those collaged pages! Then into the sewing machine, more paint, some drawing, then to sew it up!

Ah August.

K

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Easty Times (not easy times).

Wow!
My second year of grad school starts tomorrow. I can’t believe it!

Yeah, here is a post in which I’m making up for the coming months, in which I will barely have enough time for eating nutritionally helpful things, let alone time to blog.

I recently heard a term which might describe that period (between sept 1 and dec 21)… crapalanche. It will just be overwhelming, not bad. The busy times are coming. Apologies in advance for any grumpitude I may display.

Anyhow, the other day (monday, they are actually open mondays!) I went to MoMA and saw some great art, embroidered flags, interactive fabric (scheduled) sculptures folded into bundles that had great washy drawn diagrams, quay brothers dioramas, and a bunch of stuff I had never seen before. Here is a link but I’m doing this in the telephone way so you will have to poke around the website: http://www.moma.org/m#exhibition1238.

And the days before that I was in Connecticut, camping and being soggy and then staying at a hotel on the coast. It was gorgeous, so I wanted to share a few pictures.

The stone walls impressed me, as a west coaster, these 300 year old walls from the settling/logging/farming of this coast back in the 1700s. The forest has grown back in much of the area, but the old stone walls are still there, marking old property lines. Slowly crumbling.

Gorgeousness everywhere in this world.

So here we go! Into deep thoughts and my best damn work. And I hope your fall is wonderful and warm.

XoK

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NewYorkAgain

Hi!
I’m back in new york again!
My cat is happy to see me, and my sweetie, and the coastal contrasts are still very fresh!
I live here! Wow! And yes, it smells like that! Hah (eww)!
I drew and sewed a today, working on some machine sewn drawings – time consuming so I have no pictures yet. Also worked on painting and drawing some new book pages, and getting ready to move my studio to another building. Not quite as haunted. My work has been black on black lately. Very different from that literally glowing series I did in 2011 with reflective glass beads in the paint. There is some crazy light action when you look close though. Graphite over india ink is delicious, I’ll have you know. I worked this way a while back, in my landscape days. Nightscapes.
Anyhow, I am here again! So I am going to make sure I am as here and now as I can be. And, like my pop said I should do when we parted at the airport… I’m going to give ’em some hardcore california!
Here is a picture of my sweet blurry happy cat making biscuits!
Love, K

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Hometown

I just visited my hometown, Santa Cruz California. I love and miss it. I saw some people I hadn’t for a decade, and some I’d seen more recently… overall it was full of love and cool air and nature and real produce and has helped bolster me for another New York year.
My family and friends are such wonderful people! I didn’t get to see enough of them, but I saw enough to make my heart feel more regular. New York is too far from California.
I miss it so much already! The only thing that seems to calm me down is situps, which are distracting from the sewing I need to do. It’s worth it though, since I’m having a hard time adjusting to being back so far.
Oh well.
I just got back, so I will get used to it soon.

xok

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Feliz Nuevo Ano

Hi! Happy New Year!

How is it for you so far?

I’m doing pretty well. I think I’m coming down with a cold, and it’s 17 degrees here in New York. But I’m good otherwise.

I just went on a whirlwind adventure, and I’d like to tell you about it. It’s not that I did anything art related really. Just some r&d, r&r and some family fun.

It started when my sweetie and I got on a plane in Newark, New Jersey. We flew to Seattle, Washington for a short layover and then to Portland, Oregon for about 7 hours. We got to eat breakfast at Shari’s twice, with his awesome mom, cousin, dad and brother. Then we got on another plane. We got off that plane in Honolulu, Hawaii. My dad and cousin picked us up and took us to the North Shore of O’ahu. We stayed in a house my cousins were housesitting, on a beach called the Pipeline (sort of near Sunset Beach) for a few days, with 3 of my cousins and my parents. It was completely amazing. We had relaxing christmastime fun, layed around in hammocks, did tech support for my family members, swam in the ocean and a waterfall, walked around in the lovely hawaiian winter (it was in the70s), ate to much, and did some sightseeing. 5 days later we got on a plane at night and went to LA, to the LAX airport and rented a car after a red eye. We drove to my uncle’s house in the Hollywood hills, hung out with him and went to a wonderful Cirque du Soleil show called Iris. The next day we went to Universal Studios and did a tour, after going on a couple of rides. That night we had to get on another plane in Burbank, bound for New York, for JFK. We got here in the morning and went home and went to sleep finally, after days of sleeping too few hours, on planes, or not at all.

It was a jam packed week, so many different airports, but it was super wonderful! I am so happy to have been able to do all of that… with all of those great people. The west coast is my best coast (I do like this one though). The cult of youth in LA was itching for a punch in the nose from me though – people kept knocking into my uncle, who has bad leg arthritis and a cane. Look where you’re going Los Angeles, if you know what’s good for you! And while you’re at it get me a damn lychee, green tea, pineapple shave ice!

So here I am, back in the breadbasket of culture, the whirlpool of invention, the nest of the new. And I can’t stop blowing my nose! I think I’ll draw and sew, since I’m on winter break. I wish I had time to find a job too, so I will look for one for fun. Oh, I’ve got to get in touch with an artist about a little interning. I’ll let you know how that goes.

Take good care!
Katie

 

PS I hope these pictures of warmth help take the edge off this cold snap.

art jitters!

hello, does anyone have brown plastic bags (f. meyer, safew.) to give me?

i’ve been trying to fall asleep for 3 hours in nyc (1:30 here, not 10:30, wild-westies) – worrying about the tyson installation that i haven’t been able to work on – because of my new york adventures.

the show opens on thursday october 1st, so i have about 3 weeks to finish everything and then a few days to install.

i actually did complete one small sculpture, early in my trip, before i realized that i needed to actually get as much out of this trip as possible. as i will be working more for other people and unable to spend so long here. for a while.

if you have any bags to give me, i’ll be staying up ass late (after other work) for the rest of the month working on as much sculpture as possible and the 6th season of buffy. maybe the 7th too, depending on how many hours i end up in crochet.

just had the idea to do some loose abstract mural work in the gallery. i’ll have to check with the curator, but i think it may be ok. i know i’ve seen the walls of the gallery painted before. and if i help to restore them to white it’ll probably be ok. plus it’ll look so cool! that’d take me another 10 or so hours though. maybe. it’d be pretty abstract, and be on multiple walls (this is good! i can jump between pieces to increase productivity due to drying time) but i am a perfectionist. so i’ll have to be less specific than usual. and they’d be big. so there’s that.

and then there’s open studios! the 2nd and 3rd weekends of the month. i need to organize my studio and set it up so it’s a good place to show the public what i do. and set up demo stations, so i can work and interact at the same time. and then i have to organize the plastic bag crochet class i’ll be teaching at the mission mill museum in salem. and get all of that stuff ready.

but i’ll be home soon. and i can worry about all of that stuff then. i’ve got a busy day tomorrow, with the cleaning and laundry and packing and making sure everything is taken care of. then the getting to the airport, on the plane and going home. and then the being home part. so i’d better try to fall asleep again. hopefully it’s not another hour of that turning, tossing, flipping, worrying stuff.

thanks for reading my late night insomniac rant.

more about the new york trip soon. i’ve got some good stuff that i forgot to put in here.

oregonagain

here i am again! oregon!

it’s hot. 

went to baltimore for a day and washington dc for a day, the lovely east side.

museums and monuments and so many fireflies. wish there had been more time to do more traveling. i guess i love it. i’d travel every day if i could. so much i want to see and do. and so many people i wanted to visit. hopefully soon we will go again. family and friends we missed visiting.

saw fireflies, an easter island head, the apollo and gemini command modules (charred from reentry), big lincoln, my family in arlington cemetery, poe’s grave, the lights at the top of the washington monument blinking like eyes, paintings, sculptures, the jellyfish eli halpin painted on the things boats tie up to in the harbor as well as her studio, parks, the potomac, and about a million other things. as much as possible! in such a short time period. 

so here i am again in portland oregon. all home and with the cat and working on catching up. oh my charmed life. i travel a lot. i love it, but i always miss so much stuff! and when i am back it is like i have been gone for longer than i have, always.

now i must organize the $ of other people. and count my pennies and my blessings.

happy summer everyone!