Kat Schultz, Textile and Fiber artist
Hanging by a Thread in GA
As a textile artist, I begin with traditional materials to create something quite unique and non-traditional. I frequently mix new material with ephemera for texture and an element of surprise. I mix fabric, threads, and other fibers. I paint, dye, stamp and stitch to give interest and to alter the original surface. Each piece is an original, unique piece of art!
Why are textiles and fibers my media? Textiles are the fibers that tie me to traditions of generations past. I learned needlecrafts as a young girl by the loving hands of my grandmother, who taught me to crochet, knit and sew. I loved embroidery and I remember drawing thread pictures on pillowcases from the rag bin, using my grandmother’s sewing thread. One great grandmother was a milliner working with wool felt and embellishments to make beautiful hats, none of which she could afford to wear herself. My grandfather developed a manufacturing process for printing multiple colors onto fabric in one pass. One grandmother created knitted and crocheted garments, accessories and afghans that were beautiful, useful, and treasured, while the other spent hours in her sewing room. My father used string, felt, burlap and stained wood to make wonderful wall art.
I continued to immerse myself in sewing and needlecrafts until, as a young adult, I discovered folk art painting. I enjoyed painting flowers and landscapes on practical items such as furniture, birdhouses, cabinets, fire screens, flower pots, etc. Later I began painting and designing canvas floor coverings. I painted and sold these pieces for several years and also taught adult classes in folk art painting and floorcloth painting and construction.
When did it all come together for me? About ten years ago, a dear friend invited me to a quilt guild meeting. The guest speakers at that meeting were art quilters and fiber artists. I’d never seen such! Out of that lecture and trunk show, my quilting took an entirely new direction. I found a local art quilter who mentored me. I was in love! I learned to dye, paint, print and embellish fabrics with all manner of found objects. I love that the possibilities of my media are limitless and that inspiration seems to jump out at me from everywhere, every day!
205 Crown Point
Peachtree City, GA 30269