Thursday, August 3, 2017

Artist Profile: Kathy York

Kathy York
Austin, TX

1. What kind of challenges did this theme present to you? I did not know how to interpret the theme. Also, my artistic voice is in the midst of a growth spurt which has left me a little flummoxed in general about what to do next. 
2. Describe your studio space? I have a dedicated extra bedroom as my sewing studio.  It has hardwood floors, an 8' x 8' design wall, and furniture that is easily reconfigured as needed.  I also have great shelves for storage and good lighting. I added a small sink to my studio this last year as there was existing plumbing in the closet.  It has been a wonderful addition!
3. Where can people see your work in the next six months? Live Your Brightest Life - Sacred Threads, Herndon, VA, Jul 7 - 23Threads of Resistance, New England Quilt Museum, Lowell, MA, Jul 11- Sep 9Tranquility, SAQA, Festival of Quilts, Birmingham, UK – Aug 10 - 13Concrete & Grasslands, SAQA, Festival of Quilts, Birmingham, UK – Aug 10 - 13Concrete & Grasslands, SAQA, Asia Quilt Festival in Shanghai, China,  Sep 22 - 24Concrete & Grasslands, SAQA, The Knitting and Stitching Show, London, UK, Oct 11 - 15Threads of Resistance, Pacific International Quilt Festival, Santa Clara, CA, Oct 12 - 15A Celebration of Color, International Quilt Market/Festival, Houston, TX, Oct 27 - Nov 5Personal Iconography: Graffiti on Cloth, Dinner@Eight, International Quilt Market/Festival, Houston, TX, Oct 27 - Nov 5
Threads of Resistance, Original Sewing & Quilt Expo, Minneapolis, MN, Nov 9 - 11
Concrete & Grasslands, SAQA, The Knitting and Stitching Show, Dublin, Ireland, Nov 9 - 12Concrete & Grasslands, SAQA, The Knitting and Stitching Show, Harrogate, UK, Nov 23 - 26Threads of Resistance, Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA, Dec 9, 2017 - Feb 18, 2018
Wild Fabrications, SAQA, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI, Dec 17, 2017 - Feb 25, 2018

4. Do you ever work in a series?  If so, what benefits or challenges does this present to you as an artist? I have worked in a series before.  I love exploring different choices by working in a series because it often leads me to new revelations. It is engaging and satisfying in a way that is very different from working on individual pieces.

5. What other activities do you engage in that “feed” your creative energy? I love to garden.  The heavy work helps me feel good and sleep well.  It is rewarding to feel at peace in the garden and see things in nature that I miss while working in my studio.

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