Adventures in Textile Arts by kate kline

Monday, February 13, 2012

Stay tuned

I am working on a new piece which is quite large. It is called "Pecked to Pieces" and is autobiographical. Keep watching this space for a picture of the finished work.

Apple Picking

Apple Picking was created for a show at the Tulsa Artist Coalition. We were given three Robert Frost poems and challenged to create a piece of art based upon one of the poems. I chose "After Apple Picking." After studying the poem for some time, I chose to focus on several of the images and phrases that spoke to me. The ladder pointing to heaven still, the ice covered water, apples tumbling upon the ground. I drew an image of unlaced, worn boots and printed it onto raw canvas. All of the fabric is hand dyed and the main piece is rusted also. I printed out two lines from the poem, "But I am done with apple-picking now, Essence of winter sleep is on the night" to add to the front as a statement that summed up a life of hard work now drawing to a close. The piece was awarded an Honorable Mention.


Walkabout was created in 2011. It is a constructed piece, minimally quilted and stretched over an artist canvas. The materials are discharged, rusted fabrics, locust branch with thorns, rusty metal ring within a box created by adding a second, smaller artist canvas to the back and opening a hole in the front of the work.

Pavement Patchwork

Another new work, Pavement Patchwork, depicts the state of the roads over which I pass daily. It is made with hand dyed scrim, paint, and perl cotton.

The Fabric of Our Lives

This is my latest work. It was completed for a juried show with the theme Co-Exist. I chose to use images from the Library of Congress depicting child labor at the turn of the century (20th) as a metaphor for the abuses of labor today internationally in the name of big profits and cheap goods to feed our demands for the good life.