Butterfly Hinge


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Repurposed Doors

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Inspiration from Amy Arbus

Read an article in the NY Times this Sunday by Dan Shaw about Amy Arbus, the daughter of Diane Arbus. I keep thinking about this quote and so want to share it.

The article said that Diane Arbus and her husband, Allan Arbus (they sometimes worked as a team on photo shoots) never thought of themselves as artists.

They were photographers. Period. What you did with pictures – whether you hung them in the museum or put them in magazines – didn’t matter. You were making pictures. We didn’t need to call it art” – Amy Arbus.

How refreshing and liberating. Just to make good pictures.


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Santa Cruz – National Fiber Art Exhibit

I am happy to announce that I have three pieces in The National Fiber Art Exhibit in Santa Cruz!

It is at the Santa Cruz Art League and is their juried National Fiber Art Exhibit.
Three shoe pieces from my Marie Antoinette Series were chosen by juror Jean Cacicedo.
Here’s a sneak peek of one of my Antoinette shoe pieces at the exhibit…
The juror, Jean Cacicedo was a prime innovator in the Wearable Art Movement of the 70’s and is know for her unique wool felting techniques and art-to-wear wool coats. Her work can be found in the permanent collections of the de Young Museum, San Francisco, Oakland Museum of California, Museum of Art and Design, NYC.

This is going to be an exciting exhibit. Richard Elliott, Senior Adjunct Professor and Chair of Textiles at California College of the Arts has a piece in this show and I saw some great pieces as I dropped off my work.

Here are the wall stands in production in my studio for the exhibit to hold my Antoinette Shoes.

I am very excited about this show – If you can make the reception I would love to see you there. It is this Saturday, August 18th from 3 – 5pm.

Click here for directions.

The Exhibit runs through Sept 9th – and as a bonus the Santa Cruz Boardwalk is about ten minutes away – right down the street. I took this picture of the marble inlay carousel horse on the pavement in front of the carousel. I love all of the different types of marble that were used.

I look forward to seeing you and getting your thoughts on the show.

- Kate Ruddle

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Faux Hair

This is the mega Beauty Supply Warehouse store in Oakland where I get the faux hair for my Antoinette “wigs”. The store is right down the street from my studio. It is a HUGE store and it took me a few months to work up the courage to go inside. Now, they recognize me and often ask if I am a hair designer when I buy piles of fake hair. I like that I am using street culture materials to imitate wigs worn by 18th Century royalty. My pieces in the Antoinette Series are inspired by 18th Century wigs, but in fact are solid sculptures that sit on a table. The pieces have a solid core and it takes a surprising amount of hair just to cover the base before I can get creative with the hair in the top layers.
Once inside, there are aisles and aisles of real and synthetic hair.
I purchased two wig stands at this counter. I will be using them to make some new molds. I will be going over to Douglass and Sturgess for some input on that process.
As a brand new blogger, I strive to be aware of grammar and spelling issues, but may not always be able to meet my goals…
This is the aisle where I buy my synthetic hair.. notice the bright colors near the floor.

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Idea Table

Inspired by an exhibit of Eva Hesse’s sculptural drawings at the UC Berkeley Museum, I set up this small table in my studio just for inspirational objects and to look at small works in process. Eva Hesse had a small table and would look at collected objects and sculptural sketches for ideas and I thought it would be fun to do this as well in my studio. These objects all relate to my Antoinette series. The tiny architectural elements I found at a doll house store in San Carlos and have modified them.

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Colloquium Talk – San Francisco Art Institute – Sculpture / Ceramics Dept.


Thursday, March. 22
12-1:00 Colloquium Talk/Rm 18
1:00- 2:30 Demonstration/Rm 105-6

Kate Ruddle is visiting faculty in the Sculpture and Design and Technology departments. Her work uses fabric, video and architectural elements to create objects and environments that describe the complex influence that the trappings of our surroundings have upon the psyche.  Ruddle received her BFA in Painting from Indiana University, Bloomington and an MFA in Sculpture from the San Francisco Art Institute. In 1999, she interned at Hogin Sails in Alameda to gain an understanding of large-scale fabric manipulation to augment her sculptural installations and has exhibited at many Bay Area venues including Southern Exposure, Ruth Bancroft Garden, and Monterey Peninsula Airport.   Her Wrapping Set Series was influenced by a trip to Japan, and was described in Artweek as follows: “The folding or wrapping might reference the obi, or perhaps an origami project gone a bit awry. These pieces certainly convey a sense of great care and attention in their making, displaying thoughtfulness and unique personalities.”  Current projects are inspired by research of the power dynamics of dress of Marie Antoinette and endangered species on the IUCN Red List website.

The Space Between, Flag cloth, wood, vetwrap, video 8 ft. x 14 ft. x 1 ft.

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Class Calendar

View calendar below for upcoming classes, art exhibits and events. Click on event in calendar below for more details. I teach at the San Francisco Art Institute, Las Positas College in Livermore, and Piedmont Adult School in Oakland, CA. I also teach privately at my studio in Oakland, CA. 

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Las Positas Sewing Class

Saturday 10:00 am – 1:00 pm; 4 sessions starting March 31, 2012, ending April 28, 2012 (No class on Apr 14)    Class Fee: $99.00

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