Mutated Structure – Portable Vegetable Garden

I am so excited that my Sketch-up model got selected to be on the Mutated Structure Project website. I taught myself Sketch-up to enter my model because I thought this was such an interesting project. Mutated Structure Project is an interactive database archiving mutations of an 8ft x 10ft x 10ft wooden stick frame structure. Here is what they thought of my idea!

Ruddle-portable-gardenMutated Structure – Portable Vegetable Garden – Kate Ruddle

“Wonderful idea, it’s hilarious to imagine bikers zipping through and grabbing produce. Like a sustainable fast food drive through window.” – AMV

Click here to visit the site and see my project –

Click on the image to see my description and statement about my project.

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Tiny (But Mighty?) Piece in Silicon Valley Small Works Exhibit

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Silicon Valley Small Works 2014
Art Exhibition

Opening Reception: Wed. Nov 12th 4-7 pm 

 Gillmor Center room 102 – Vargas Gallery – Mission College, Santa Clara

Juried Exhibition of Artwork in a variety of media at Mission College in the Vargas Gallery – at its new location in the Gillmor Center!


Juror: Kathryn Funk

Mission College – Vargas Gallery

3000 Mission College Boulevard, Santa Clara, CA 95054 –1897

Show runs Nov. 12th – Dec. 10th 2014

Gallery Hours:

Mon, Weds – 3-6 pm

Tues, Thurs – 1-5 pm
Friday – 1-4 pm
Sat. – 12-2 pm  

Closed: Nov 27th – 30 for Thanksgiving

Thank you for your support and I look forward to seeing you!

Sincerely, Kate Ruddle

Kate Ruddle Studio

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In 3-D: Selected Art by Pacific Rim Sculptors Group Art Ark Gallery – San Jose

Reception: First Friday, Oct. 3rd  – 6 – 9 pm

October 18th, 3-5 pm – Artist talk

 Juror Donna Napper – Curator San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art

followed by Charles Stinson, current president of PacRim

Gallery Hours by Appointment: Oct. 3rd-Oct. 25th

Art Ark Gallery – 1035 S. 6th St. San Jose, CA 95112

Hi Everyone!

I am excited to invite you to an upcoming exhibit in San Jose. I have two large pieces to unveil. One piece has yet to be seen on my website as I have been waiting to show it – now the moment has arrived! The show will only be open for the reception, an artist talk and by appointment. I look forward to seeing you at one of these events!  – Kate Ruddle

Below are some images from the show.

Visit more artwork on Flickr

Exhibiting Artists:

Anya Behn, Rebecca Fox, Lori Goodman, Peter Hiers,

Bette Linderman, Jann Nunn, Kate Ruddle, Ruth Tabancay,

Lynne Todaro, James Watts

What is the 3rd dimension . . .
and why are we willing to pay extra to view a movie shown “In 3-D”?
A screen typically gives us images with height and width . . .
but there is something about the 3rd dimension – depth –
that draws our attention and makes us feel more involved, connected. . . 
It is my intention that the exhibition, “In 3-D” conveys that experience
to the viewers at the Art Ark Gallery.
– Lynne Todaro, curator
About Pacific Rim Sculptors Group:
Pacific Rim Sculptors Group  (PacRim) was created in 1988 by six California Bay Area sculptors.   Since that time the organization has grown to over 101 members and is  entering a period of dynamic revival.  In addition to the hosting a  series of juried exhibitions throughout the Bay Area, last year PacRim  was awarded the coveted status of Chapter Member in the International  Sculpture Center (ISC).
Pacific Rim Sculptors Group was founded  on the beliefs that cultural vitality and artistic diversity contribute  to a healthy society, the organization aims to increase public awareness  of sculpture by promoting public & private exhibits, and through  education & outreach programs. The group encourages artistic  diversity and excellence by providing a community for artists to meet,  show their work, exchange ideas and address issues of common concern.  Its member opportunities & resources are intended to encourage the  development of all sculptors.

Thank you for your support and I look forward to seeing you!

Sincerely, Kate Ruddle

Kate Ruddle Studio


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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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