Thursday, May 26, 2011

Kathy York - Austin, TX

1.  What do you call yourself - art wise?   I usually refer to myself as an artist.
2.  How do you jump start your creativity when you are in a slump?   I juggle multiple projects. It helps to always have something that is easy to do and ready to pick up.
3.  If money wasn't an issue, what would you do with your art?   If money wasn't an issue, I would love to hire someone to help find venues and buyers for my work. That way I could devote more of my time to creating art.
4.  Do you keep a sketchbook, journal, etc.? I do keep a sketchbook, but mostly use it when I am traveling.
5.  Where can people see your other work this year?  shows, books, magazines, etc
I have a piece in Volusia, Wrapped in Fiber. I also have a quilt in Quilt National 2009 that runs until the end of 2011, though I am not sure if any other venues are slated. I have two quilts appearing in Lone Stars III: A Legacy of Texas Quilts, 1986-2011 coming out this fall.
6.  Do you teach?  where?  I have taught workshops for guilds related to my lectures, but am not currently scheduling any workshops.
7.  Is there a particular artist who had influenced you in your art life? and why? Frank Gehry, Hundertwasser, Van Gogh, Georgia O'Keefe, Frida Kahlo, Hollis Chatelain, Inge Mardal and Steen Hougs, and many, many others. Mostly when I see art that I like, I feel inspired.
8. Where or what show do you hope your work will be in someday? I would love to have a solo show in an art museum featuring a series of my work, or perhaps a retrospective.
9.  Describe your studio workspace.  I have a sewing studio with design walls and storage and sewing machines. I also use my laundry room to do my dyeing. And, I have taken over half of my garage for batik work.
10.  What 3 tools could you not live without? My hands, sewing machine, and scissors.
11.  What drives you to make the work that you do? I have no idea.
12.  How do you balance your life? In bits and spurts. During a productive period I get a burst of energy to create. Then after I finish a piece, I tend to the things that were forgotten or postponed, like housecleaning and gardening.


  1. Kathy, I enjoyed reading your interview. You are inspiring to so many of us!

  2. Kathy's work always makes my heart skip a beat!


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