2ND FRIDAY FEATURED ARTIST: KATHRYN WAKEFIELD OF CONFETTI RIOT
Hello again. It is that time of the month where I get to introduce you to our featured artist. This month's artist is Kathryn Wakefield of Confetti Riot.
If you have been in our store or looked at our Instagram you have most likely seen some of her work. She is the definition of multi-talented. Making her own she stamps, she hand stamps fabrics and then makes gorgeous pillows, tea towels, clutches and more. You might have one of her phone cases cause she designs those too. Recently, she began weaving. Wall weavings and coasters. They are gorgeous and quickly became one of our favorite things to have in the shop. Her color combinations are to die for. In fact, at this very moment, I have a glass of water sitting on one of her coasters right next to me and every time I look over at it, it makes me unbelievably happy. If I had to describe her work in one sentence I wouldn't choose to list off the different items she makes but I would simply decide to tell you that she is a designer and maker of beautiful things that make your life and your heart happier to have around.
"Weaving is a hobby that I picked up only a year ago. I saw a tutorial on how to make a simple loom with scrap cardboard that would allow me to experiment with the craft without having to make any large investments in tools. It wasn't long before the addiction took over and the next thing I knew I owned an artisan made loom with an array of accessories and an ever-growing collection of yarns and fibers."
"I take a non-traditional approach to my pieces by working from the top down instead of the bottom up. This means I can't really see my work until I flip the loom over. It's the element of the unknown that keeps things exciting." "I take a non-traditional approach to my pieces by working from the top down instead of the bottom up. This means I can't really see my work until I flip the loom over. It's this element of the unknown that keeps things exciting."
"My pieces are made up of mostly simple shapes and blocks of color. I believe a lot can be said with color and I have had a fascination with color theory ever since my first art class in college. I spend a large amount of my time carefully selecting the perfect hues for a piece and planning the strategic placement. Then finally, I throw in some texture to add another dimension of interest. It's this final element that I feel makes a piece complete."
"Taking anywhere from 3 hours to 18 hours, each weaving is a true labor of love. My favorite part is pulling the finished work off the loom and then letting it hang on my wall for a few days before I put it up for sale, or ship it off to its new owner."
Are you swooning? I know what I want for Christmas! I hope you'll stop in, sip on a cocktail, and take a look at Kathryn's beautiful weavings. If you ask me, a great way to spend your Friday night. For more information on what else is going on for 2nd Friday take a look here.
PS. check out the Confetti Riot shop here to see more of Kathryn's beautiful work.