Nurture - the process of caring for and encouraging the growth or development of someone or something
Why I Feel the Need to Create
I’ve always loved creating things and working with my hands. It’s a way for me to capture and recreate past experiences and visions. The strong sense of “I don’t want to forget this” can be quieted by recording those thoughts, feelings, and memories. Bringing these experiences back into the studio and interpreting them into something tangible keeps them alive and also allows me to, later on, share them with others. Taking time to be out within and observing the natural beauty of my surroundings is what keeps me connected, grounded and appreciative.
The process of creating is my way of relaxing. My favorite days in the studio are when I lose all track of time. That’s when I know I have found the joy of being in the moment. I also love the collecting and gathering of different materials, even though at times it can seem an overwhelming task to sort and keep them all organized. It’s very satisfying to find fragments that are no longer of use to anyone else and give a brand new life. The materials have a history and when I’m creating my work the stories of where they were found, how they were previously used or who gave them to me are active in my mind.
Some miscellaneous materials that may find there way into my work
How Our Salon Nurtures Me
It’s about sharing, learning and growing. Each of us brings a different set of life experiences to the group. Through the sharing of these experiences I have come to admire and respect these incredibly talented women. The Salon meetings are a place where we can discuss our accomplishments as well as what we might be struggling with in a non-judgmental environment.
I need my alone time to think, create and get projects accomplished but too much time alone in the studio can be isolating and can let self-doubt start to creep in. It is rewarding to get feedback on my work and ideas but it’s just as rewarding and inspiring to hear about everyone else’s ideas and what they are working on.
At times it pushes me outside of my comfort zone which is a good thing because it’s those times that I have learned so much and have grown. The support and encouragement from this group has allowed me to accomplish things that I don’t think I could have done on my own including starting a blog and creating a website to having my first solo show. Meeting regularly as we do keeps me accountable to the goals that I set and keeps me moving forward no matter how big or small those steps may be.
More About Kathy
She works in the mediums of collage and eco printing and likes to find and repurpose papers in her art, everything from coffee filters and junk mail to candy wrappers. Her passion for plants and gardening blends well with the eco printing process by supplying her with an abundant source of interesting plant material.
She grew up in Danbury, CT and moved to Southern California where she lived for 13 years. A decision to be closer to family brought her back to the east coast and she now lives in Waterford, CT. Her small but bright and cozy home studio that sometimes expands into the nearby linen closet is shared with 2 cats, the shy sun loving Belle and the ever mischievous Tigger.
Kathy attended Western Connecticut State University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design. Her work has been shown nationally as well as in local galleries including the Mystic Arts Center, The Slater Museum’s Converse Gallery, The Hygienic Gallery, The Red House Cultural Art Center, The Artists Cooperative Gallery of Westerly, RI., and Spectrum Gallery.
She is a member of the National College Society, Deerfield Valley Art Association and OrigamiUSA. She has had work published in Kolaj Magazine, The Norwich Bulletin, Sound & Country Magazine, The New London Day and Cloth Paper Scissors Magazine.
The collage process is a natural extension of being a lifelong collector of many objects both natural and manmade. The working materials I use and gather from my everyday life are items such as tea bags, coffee filters, plant material, candy wrappers and junk mail. Keeping the past lives of these treasures in mind, I explore the decay from the end of life cycle as well as the freshness and color that comes with new growth and beginnings.
"I'm always on the lookout for new and interesting materials, I can’t help but ask the question “Can I reuse this?” before throwing anything away.".
in the studio
eco printed papers
I just love the way the plant pigment takes to the edges of the torn edges.