I focus on fiber arts, sustainability, and slow fashion.
I’m an artist, writer, and crafter working across disciplines to explore environmental and social issues through traditional craft techniques. Mostly, I rethink the relationship between fiber art, sustainability, and slow fashion. Since August 2013 I’ve been on a fashion fast, Make Thrift Mend, to focus on mending, plant dyes, secondhand & handmade garments. I also grow, forage, and harvest dye plants near my farmhouse in the Hudson Valley.
My work has appeared in various magazines, websites, galleries, theaters, books, juried craft fairs, and alternative arts venues. My forthcoming book, Make Thrift Mend: Stitch, Patch, Darn, Plant-Dye & Love Your Wardrobe, will publish with Abrams Books in April 2021. My second book, Mending Matters: Stitch, Patch, and Repair Your Favorite Denim & More, was a best-seller, now in its seventh printing, published with Abrams Books in October 2018. My first book, The Paper Playhouse: Awesome Art Projects for Kids Using Paper, Boxes, and Books, is available in English, French, and German, published with Quarry Books in January 2105. I’ve received artist awards, grants, and residencies from the Vermont Studio Center, Zellerbach Family Foundation, Puffin Foundation, and Creative Capacity Fund among others. My now-retired blog, Made by Katrina, won the Country Living Blue Ribbon Blogger Award.
I hold a BA in Environmental Studies and an MFA in Creative Writing and I’ve been working with arts organizations and making fiber arts for two decades. In 2013, shortly after the Rana Plaza garment factory collapsed in Dhaka Bangladesh, I combined my work and passions into one project, Make Thrift Mend. This project allows me to use my various training in sustainability, fiber arts, writing, teaching, and community organizing with a single focus on sustainable fashion. I teach mending, natural dyes, and slow fashion online and in-person; I design and sell small-batch, sustainably-made craft kits in my online shop; and I write articles, essays, and books with print and online publications.
I now live in the Hudson Valley of NY with my artist husband and our two young sons. We’re slowly renovating our 200-year-old farmhouse and converting the adjacent carriage barn into our art studios. We’re planting fruit trees; growing vegetables, herbs, and flowers; tending dye plants; and raising chickens and bees. We’re aiming for a thoughtful, sustainable, low-waste, circular lifestyle that supports plants, animals, people, and this beautiful planet.
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