Saturday, March 21, 2015

gathering continued...

Please join me on Pinterest and Instagram to continue the fun! Thanks, Friends! xo, Katie
"To Know You is to Love You" by Katie Runnels 2015

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Plastic Forever


 Oval Right

Barrettes Wreath

Since 1999 Richard Lang and Judith Selby Lang have been visiting 1000 yards of Kehoe Beach in the Point Reyes National Sea Shore. We have rambled this one remote beach hundreds of times to gather plastic debris washing out of the Pacific Ocean. By carefully collecting and "curating" the bits of plastic, we fashion it into works of art— art that matter-of-factly shows, with minimal artifice, the material as it is. The viewer is often surprised that this colorful stuff is the thermoplastic junk of our throwaway culture. As we have deepened our practice we’ve found, like archeologists, that each bit of what we find opens into a pinpoint look at the whole of human culture. Each bit has a story to tell.
–excerpt from the artist's website 

Oval Left

Lemon Man

Bosky Dell

When we went on our honeymoon to Hawaii in 2007 I couldn't believe that I was collecting plastic bits instead of shells. I came home with a box full of bits that look just like these above. (I think I may have even posted about them before, but ah, well.) When I saw these works on Pinterest, they captured my heart all over again. This new phenomenon, so very sad (a disaster, really) and a reminder of our gross desire for the cheap and convenient and yet these images are so appealing in color and a bit nostalgic in their content, no? xo

Monday, November 4, 2013

Belle & Union Co.

One of my favorite letterpress companies, Belle & Union Co. have opened a new online shop. Check it out! Their goods are also sold at shopSCAD if you in Savannah. Co-owner, Meg Sutton is a fellow SCAD graduate and it has been so exciting to watch her company grow and flourish! I have their tea towels in my kitchen and they make me so happy! I adore the homespun Southern influence of their are a few images from their blog and new website...xo

{images via and copyright Belle & Union Co.}

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Maïssa Toulet

I've found a kindred spirit in Parisian artist, Maïssa Toulet. I haven't been moved like this by art in quite some time. Click on the links to be directed to her website and flickr albums. xo

16 x 21cm, 2013

16 x 21cm, 2013





I love Maissa's collages with the photos and leaves as they remind me of my treasured great-grandmother Harriet's composition below...
Collage by Harriet Spencer circa 1930.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The Lionel Stitchie Project by Molly Evans

Something awesome has been showing up on castaway furniture on the streets of Milwaukee and I thought you should know about it.  My amazing artist friend from the ol' shopSCAD days, Molly Evans of Mollyeeee has been creating a series of pop-up public works of fiber art in the eastside neighborhoods. Under the cover of darkness, Molly sews her braided yarn sentiments onto the castoff furniture of unsuspecting residents. Folks, only Molly would see these big ol' yard farts as blank canvases. Genius! Molly describes her studio as, "specializ(ing) in modern quilting, costume design, installation art, and unusual, temporary public art designed to make folks stop and appreciate the good thing they have going." This latest project entitled, Lionel Stitchie, has most definitely had folks scratching their heads and getting stuck on a beloved smooth rhyme for the rest of the day. Follow along via the Mollyeeeee InstagramFacebook, Tumblr and Website. xo

 Photos above by Molly Evans and part of her series Lionel Stitchie, 2013.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

A Very Late Update, Indeed! New Works...

Mixed Media/Found Objects on Panel
17.75" diameter 

 Ladybug, detail

Mixed Media/Found Objects on Panel
13.5" diameter  

  Stringbean, detail

 Stringbean, detail
12" x 14" Mixed Media/Found Objects on Cradled Panel

  Mother, detail

 Mother, detail

24" x 24"
Mixed Media/Found Objects on Cradled Panel
 Savannah, detail
 Savannah, detail

If you are my friend on Facebook or IG you know this is a looong time coming! 
I've finally had a chance to sit down and update my "latest" works on Flickr and here. *sigh*
Please contact shopSCAD in Savannah if interested! xo

Saturday, July 20, 2013

It's just around the corner...Strawberry Swing, Baby!

Attention: Kansas City Area Folks!!! It's almost time to Swing!!!
You won't want to miss this! Sooooo many great vendors and tons of fun too! Please share the news! Grab a button for your site! Call your besties and make plans to attend! Click here for more information! You can also visit my post from the 2011 Swing. xox