Kathryn's Profile

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Myself
From the East End of Long Island, NY, I'm formally trained as an Interior Designer, professionally trained as a Fashion Visual Merchandiser, and family and self-taught in all manner of fiber arts and jewelry making. I have an obsessive passion for creation. As knitting author Debbie Stoller would say, I'm a "process knitter [seamstress, etc.]". I do what I do because I love making things, not for the final outcome or income.

My Work
I do everything myself, short of weaving the fabric and spinning the yarn. I cut the fabric,I sew the seams, and I take the photos. I use a serger for the construction of my sewing, which produces a clean, professional seam, and a regular sewing machine for the decorative topstitching. Depending on the item I may finish it by hand. My work is quality yet clearly handmade; most pieces are…

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  • Joined November 16, 2009

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any fiber, woven, spun, or knit, anything recycled or reclaimed

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About

Myself
From the East End of Long Island, NY, I'm formally trained as an Interior Designer, professionally trained as a Fashion Visual Merchandiser, and family and self-taught in all manner of fiber arts and jewelry making. I have an obsessive passion for creation. As knitting author Debbie Stoller would say, I'm a "process knitter [seamstress, etc.]". I do what I do because I love making things, not for the final outcome or income.

My Work
I do everything myself, short of weaving the fabric and spinning the yarn. I cut the fabric,I sew the seams, and I take the photos. I use a serger for the construction of my sewing, which produces a clean, professional seam, and a regular sewing machine for the decorative topstitching. Depending on the item I may finish it by hand. My work is quality yet clearly handmade; most pieces are individuals, and everything is original.

My Store
Being the typical knitter/quilter/etc., I have a stash. The stash has grown very large. The stash may be more than I can go through in my lifetime. My store is my effort to thin out what I have made. Factoring in materials costs and the time it takes me to create a piece, most items I will not make money on; but as I said, I do this because I enjoy the process. (And I need the space back!)
Also, with a growing interest in sustainability, if I can reclaim or repurpose materials (as in the case of my resistor jewelry), I feel as if I am making a tiny difference for the environment.

My Paper Crafting Mission Statement
In my profession as a decorator for a major retail company, I am confronted every day by the wastefulness of the store display industry. A new product promotion may be shown for only a week or two, and then thrown out.
In the cosmetics department alone, for one store in a company, around 100 lbs of paper are thrown out every month. Multiplied by 12 months and 800 stores in a chain, that equals 96000 lbs of paper every year—the equivalent of 7200 trees!!!
My mission with my recycled paper crafts is to give some of the material used for these store displays one more use before being tossed.

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