hi folks!

today i went to HELD Vegan Belts and was going to take down my sculptures… well, I reorganized them. so many of them are still over there. for now!

along with the wonderful work of robin and aran selki, which includes beautiful paintings and gorgeous amazing puppets!

micah perry, the fabulous, told me some great things about the sculptures too! he pointed out that they are made from petrolium, once alive (in ancient times), and when i retrieve them after their “life” in their discarded bag state – i breathe new life into them again! thank you micah! i need to quote him instead of summarizing. it was a very eloquent description and it made me nearly cry! so cool! micah is smart, and knows how to talk about art. he is awesome! he runs held, you should go talk to him, he’s often there. 3033 NE Alberta st, portland.

the sculptures will be moved around soon again too, for your viewing pleasure.

i also will be painting a little (ok, maybe 2 by 6 feet?) mural in HELD soon! stay tuned for details about this. i know, so far, that it will include birds smoking cigarettes and probably gossiping, and a rocket. maybe i will surprise you with the rest. should be fun!

i’ll post when i start, and maybe some drawings of ideas, then you’ll have to visit to see me working on it! i’m super excited. i really really really love painting murals, but haven’t worked on one for 6odd months! ahh! that long? that makes me feel weird. i need more big painting in my life. i just want to paint big! dang.

ok, have a great evening.



those are a couple of photos taken at held by my friend.

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.


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…


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.


I hope to see you there and then.

Thanks folks!




This is not done, but you get the idea.



Hanging art at HELD Vegan Belts TODAY!


Have you ever wanted to watch an artist hang a show?

Well today is your lucky day!

I will be hanging art (sculptures and paintings) at HELD Vegan Belts! Thats 3033 NE Alberta
PDX, OR 97211… the store is open 11 to 7 Tue. through Sunday, just so you know.

I’ll be hanging while the store is open, so you can come watch art be installed, come look at (buy!) some belts that are the best and strongest and most cool ever, and hang out with rad people.

Just letting you know about this… it’s going to be fun.

I’ll post photos of the installation soon.



planetarium and vegan foods date!


so yesterday was labor day. so my sweetie had the day off!

we went on a long wonderful date, thank goodness. dates are fun! especially in nyc. even the president does that! nyc is for dates. nyc is for love! (sigh.)

we went to the hayden planetarium at the natural history museum. it was pretty darn cool, but when we got there we had to wait for an hour to see the show we wanted to see. narrated by whoopi goldberg. so we had an hour to go around the museum and look at dead animals from various parts of history. both of us have been to that museum a lot of times,  so it was not that exciting. dead stuff. dinosaur bones are cool though, so we looked at those a bit. also got to see a few meteorites, which i love. especially the ones riddled with crystals. iron and crystals from space! intergalactic traveling preciousness.

the planetarium is pretty cool, it shakes as part of the effect, like when a projected planet or star nearly hits you. kind of fun. and whoopi goldberg has a delightful new york voice, scratchy and engaging. the projections were pretty good too. one of the new systems.

we will forever be swayed by our previous ability to see free planetarium shows on lunch break. we met at the science museum we both worked at, and although that was a while ago now, we still have a hard time paying 48 dollars for half an hour of planetarium time. damn. it was the most expensive movie we’ve seen here so far. and not the best. but it was fun. and now we know.

so then we went in search of the vegan pizza slices! we went to a place called ‘viva herbal pizza’ in the east village. yes, i’d done my homework. and this was the closest place (and one of the only ones) that had a variety of vegan choices by the slice. not so good! and very pricy. i’ve made better. other restaurant patrons were thoroughly enjoying their choices, but mine was like a big cracker with artichoke hearts on it. plus it had tomato sauce, even though i didn’t think the sign said it did (i have problems with tomato) so i ate part of it and had some nice stomach cramps later. but it had some seitan on it that was delicious. and casey’s seemed better. they had slices with cow or other hooved animal cheeses on them… but the selection seemed better online. the vegan slices that i saw at the actual restaurant had tofu or something else on them instead of fake cheese. i really wanted fake cheese. ah well, now we know. there are apparently other places to get vegan slices, but mostly you have to order a whole pie. and most of the places with good reviews are in brooklyn. more vegans in brooklyn? i dunno.

then we went to a not so vegan bar (yucca) and had good, strong margaritas and tacos. i had a drink that had basil and pepper in it. i love basil! so that was fun! it was by tompkins square park, on ave. a, and we sat next to the open window and it was a lovely balmy evening.

then we went in search of the vegan icecream. the first shop we tried to visit was closed! it’s called ‘lula’s sweet apothecary’. it was labor day, and the evening… so many places seemed closed. but luckily we were in the east village. so we went only a few more blocks and went to ‘stogo’ and i had the most amazing coconut based vanilla icecream i have ever had the pleasure of eating. at this point my stomach was rocked from the pizza/taco/drinks. so i didn’t make it through my icecream. my delicious husband had mango sorbet, which was also very good. we traded off. but we liked mine better. it was amazing.

i’d say, from this experience, that the vegan icecream of the east village is very good, but you may have to go to brooklyn to get some vegan pizza that is pizzay enough for you.

all in all it was a very good evening. i love going on dates here. there is no shortage of things to do. an endless supply of excitement.