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Katherine Dunn works as both painter/ illustrator but also as writer/photographer/puppet maker and farmer from her rural Apifera Farm west of Portland. She considers Apifera a "collision of art, farm and animals" and it shows in all her work.

While she paints and illustrates for a living, she also creates raggedy sewn messes, aprons and folk dolls, as well as felted animal creatures which she creates stories with.
She considers these creatures 'healing' in both the messages they bring, but also in the soothing process of felting and sewing. The evolving "Healing Creatures" can be seen on her main site katherinedunn.us.

She works with acrylics and mixed media on wood, but also uses canvas and paper. Her illustrative primitive folk style weaves together layers of color and textures, along with collaged bits of color whose shapes…

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  • Joined January 16, 2007

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About

Katherine Dunn works as both painter/ illustrator but also as writer/photographer/puppet maker and farmer from her rural Apifera Farm west of Portland. She considers Apifera a "collision of art, farm and animals" and it shows in all her work.

While she paints and illustrates for a living, she also creates raggedy sewn messes, aprons and folk dolls, as well as felted animal creatures which she creates stories with.
She considers these creatures 'healing' in both the messages they bring, but also in the soothing process of felting and sewing. The evolving "Healing Creatures" can be seen on her main site katherinedunn.us.

She works with acrylics and mixed media on wood, but also uses canvas and paper. Her illustrative primitive folk style weaves together layers of color and textures, along with collaged bits of color whose shapes refer to an inner set of symbols. Her muses remain steadfast - the animals, barns and weeds that surround her on the farm. "I think my work is really about trying to feel comfortable in the chaos of the world that sits just outside this farm. There's a lot of boundary symbolism in my work."

Her stories are not just told with paint, as Katherine has been writing short stories for years. An illustrated memoir is currently being pitched. Her first book, "Creative Illustration Workshop" is now available. Her illustration and paintings can be seen at www.katherinedunn.us and on Sundanace, and you can read about her life as artist, writer and farmer at www.apiferafarm.blogspot.com. She also writes for Huffington Post.

Every year, she and her farm host "Pino Pie Day", with their donkey Pino, and aprons and art are sold to raise money for needy and senior creatures- inlcuding the many misfits they have adopted - a crippled goat, many old/challenged goats, an old donkey who had been neglected, a pig given up by an elderly woman, many cats, an old goose and more.

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