I’ll have illustrations in the latest issue of Graze Magazine, which will be released on October 26th, 2013. My drawings accompany the article Homestead Farming for Old Punks by Kim Campbell.
Graze is a Chicago-based independent food magazine. Look out for issue 4 later next month!
At last, summer is ending and the wonderful, imaginative time of fall and winter approaches! People always say I’m crazy for disliking summer so much, but it isn’t a very interesting or productive time for me. Hunkering away in my cozy apartment and reading, watching, listening, thinking, and making is much more exciting for me.
If you’re in for learning a new skill this October, I’ll be teaching a one-day embroidery workshop at Spudnik Press! The class is geared as a crash-course for absolute beginners, so if you’ve always wanted to make embroidered arts or crafts but felt your fingers twist up at the thought, then this class is for you! Everyone will get their own pre-silkscreened sampler fabric to take home and by the end of the class you’ll be able to learn more complicated stitches and techniques on your own. There are still a few spots left so register as soon as possible! Another great plus is that is a budget friendly class at $35 (materials included)!
Artful Embroidery with Kaitlin Kostus
1821 W. Hubbard St., Suite 302
Tuesday, October 15th, 2013 from 6pm-9pm, $35 (non-members), $29.70 (members of Spudnik Press)
It’s been some time, yes. Lots of things have happened but my impatience in documentation makes a blogging process pretty fruitless. The phone company has decided I am entitled to a free iPhone so perhaps once I get that I’ll have a greater sense of intuition and speed at my fingertips, having survived this long in the present-future with a “dumb” phone.
Remember that quilt I began many supermoons ago? It blossomed into a work, a real piece of touchy textile space and time, that was shown at a show my MFA colleagues and I put on at Co-Prosperity Sphere. The show was titled “If All Else Fails” and was held for a fleeting weekend on the cusp of May and June. My body of work, hastily titled “Mental Health Day”, explored the tricky dichotomies at play when women are home bound and depressed…comfort into pain, home becoming prison, woman to animal, sanity vs. hysteria, feminist pressed against misogynistic psychiatric care, and so on. Contrary to what typically happens after the “birth” of a work (I want to never see it again), I really love this work tenderly.
Plans to upgrade my portfolio site are underway. Also, there’s some new things in the shop these days as well. We just spent a near fortune (for us) on veterinary bills (thank you mother nature for making a cat’s inner ear canal complicated and prone to severe infection), so a little cash flow and finding homes for things always warms my heart, and I thank everyone who has purchased any of my drawings, zines, or other works. It really means a lot!
This month is a bit crazy, and I have a lot going on, a lot to prepare, and events!! Here’s what you can attend!
Women’s History Month Exhibition at the Lincoln-Belmont Chicago Public Library Branch
March 3rd-31st, 2013
1659 W. Melrose, Chicago, IL
Artist’s reception and talk with Audrey Schlofner on Thursday, March 7th, 6-8pm
I’m showing my series, The One Who Rises which was shown at Woman Made Gallery last spring. Audrey is showing some works she created while in Ireland, and so both our talks have a bit to do with travel and other countries/cultures. The work is up at the branch all month, and you can view it anytime during regular branch hours.
Chicago Zine Fest
Exhibitor tabling, Saturday, March 9th, 2013
Columbia College Chicago Conaway Center
1104 S. Wabash, Chicago, IL
CZF is super fun!! I’ll be tabling with Koshka Zine and a super-new personal zine, as well as some fiber goods made from my recent fabric samples. It’s a great day to walk around and check out the best in zines, and walk away with cheap and fascinating reading material. There’s also other events happening for Chicago Zine Fest!
My Life is an Open Book exhibition
University of Chicago Library Special Collections Research Center Gallery
January 14th- April 13th, 2013
1100 E. 57th St., Chicago, IL
I’m extremely proud to be a part of this exhibition exploring the perzine through a female lens! It was quite a surprise to me that I was included since the collection picks things up from time to time but you never officially hear about it. My zine from 2005, Ugly Cutie, is included. Sometimes I feel a bit embarrassed about works that old, but this work continually comes back to me. I think its topics really resonate with people for a number of reasons. If you’re outside of Chicago, there is also an online gallery here!
Happy Valentine’s Day!!! I’m not very obsessive about holidays but I like Valentine’s Day a lot, despite it being really fake and corporate and over-advertised and all that stuff. This is mainly because A) I love chocolate, B) I love red hearts, C) I love making valentine cards for my friends, and D) Rob and I eat a fancy dinner, but never ON Valentine’s Day!! That would mean being in an overcrowded restaurant on a terrible night for quality food and service–so we always go sometime before or after, because it’s for us anyway and we don’t care.
The past two years I haven’t had much time to make valentines, which is a bit disappointing. Last year I was busy with my thesis and this year I am busy working and organizing my post-thesis existence. However, I was given a chance at work to have a little fun and create a Valentine’s Day window painting. I used acrylic paint, which was the suggested medium. It was odd using that on the inner side of the window, but apparently it will be removable. It’s likely coming down tonight or tomorrow night but maybe I’ll have a chance to do another window in the future.
NOTE: The pics aren’t great because it’s hard to photograph a mostly white window drawing while the lights are still on in the building. The text reads, “Cold Hands, Warm Heart…Hot Tea!”
Hello there! It seems it has been awhile, but my life gets more busy and complicated by the minute. I spent most of the holiday season working like crazy between two jobs, and I continue to work like crazy whilst trying to eke out time when I’m not completely exhausted to develop art projects. It’s been a rough go so far and the work doesn’t seem to be letting up. While this is great because I need money badly, at the same time it confuses me more than ever, and instills how much I wouldn’t want a 9-5, 40 hours-a-week job in my near future.
One thing I did finally get done: I added a fabric design to Spoonflower in three colorways! I was a bit skeptical of how the print quality would end up, and if my watercolor strokes would show up in proper gradients, but in the end it was utterly fantastic quality! Getting the sample fat quarters was very satisfying.
The design I created is called “Fischaugen”, which is German for “Fish Eyes”. I’m kind of obsessed with fish since I began eating them; only now do I suddenly have an interest in preparing a live creature for cooking. It feels odd to suddenly have an interest in gutting and filleting, but I would rather be knowledgeable about things I eat rather than just never wondering where it comes from, where it lives, what its organs are like, etc. Anyhow, I’m excited by fish parts, and those strange eyes were the inspiration for this hand-painted design. I made three colorways because I’m a color whore and can never make up my mind, but I also needed a good range for testing print quality without using their vector color scale directly. It comes in cantaloupe, crushed grape, and ocean (or orange, violet, and sea green if you’re a square). You can buy it here! If you make a project with this fabric, or decide to wallpaper your entire bathroom with it, PLEASE send me pics!! I’d love to see it and show your credited projects on the fabric’s listing…and here!
Now, I’m sure many of you saw the word “giveaway” in my post title, so here we go…leave a comment on this post as to whether or not you eat seafood and why, and you’ll receive my sample fat quarter of Fischaugen in the crushed grape colorway! The giveaway will end on February 14th at midnight, central time, and a winner will be randomly selected. Consider it my Valentine’s gift to you!