I’m an artist working primarily with textiles, poetry, printmaking, and installation. I often use traditional crafting techniques to make contemporary art, crafts, and interdisciplinary collaborations that explore gender, domesticity, ecology, sustainability, intimacy, and/ or connection. I also teach, organize, and maintain a weekly studio blog where I share my studio projects, interviews, tutorials, and everyday inspirations.
I received my BA in Environmental Studies from Ithaca College and MFA in Creative Writing/ Poetry from Mills College where I was awarded a teaching assistantship in the Book Arts Studio. I’m committed to using recycled, re-purposed, foraged, found, and/ or biodegradable materials whenever possible to maintain an environmentally-friendly studio practice. I believe collaboration can facilitate meaningful communication that can lead to social action and deeper connection, so I often work with artists from various disciplines to engage in this process.
My writing, artwork, and designs have appeared in galleries, special collections, theaters, and journals across the country including the San Francisco Center for the Book, Columbia College Chicago Center for Book & Paper Arts, The University of Alabama W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, Project Sprout Gallery, Z Space, CounterPULSE, Theater Artaud, ODC Theater, There online journal, Refueled, InDance, thepressgang, and an upcoming issue of Viz. Inter-Arts, among others.
I was a writer-in-residence at the Vermont Studio Center and received artist grants from The Puffin Foundation and the Zellerbach Family Foundation. I’ve participated in several juried craft shows including The Renegade Craft Fair, Patchwork Indie Art & Craft Festival, and Second Storie Indie Market, among others. My blog, “Made by Katrina” won the Country Living Magazine 2012 Blue Ribbon Blogger Award.
In addition to my work as an individual artist, for over 12 years I’ve worked with various nonprofit arts organizations managing programs, special events, fundraising, and mentoring artists to create successful grant applications and communications while strengthening creative communities. I believe that creative collaboration leads to vibrancy that ultimately creates positive social change. I’m originally from a small town in western New York though I currently live in Oakland, CA with my husband, our beautiful son, and our beloved urban garden.