Lichen in Iceland

My main focus while in Iceland is to naturally dye fabric with lichen while concentrating on an environmental piece about preservation of species.
Lichen is fascinating as it is really a combination of two species – algae or cyanobacteria and fungus in a symbiotic relationship.
Some Lichens are considered among the oldest living species.

Lichen are self-contained miniature ecosystems are considered “pioneer species” , which means that they are among the first living things to grow on bare rock, difficult soil or areas denuded of life by a disaster. Some lichen have been used to monitor air pollution in the environment as they are unable to avoid the accumulation of pollutants.

Not all, but many lichen are currently endangered.



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Iceland Residency

Welcome to my Icelandic Blog.
I will be taking an exciting adventure this Fall and posting about it here! I am going to be living in Iceland for the whole month of September to take part in an artist residency just for textile artists.

Blonduos, Iceland










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Sketch O’ The Day – Marrus orthocanna

Marrus orthocanna is a type of Siphonophore which is closely related to the Jelly fish.  They can be quite long – but this one is only 40 cm (a little over 1 foot)

The color was so amazing that I broke out the colored pencils. Not super happy with the result, the colors murked it up. Might try it in photoshop as well.



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Sketch O’ The Day- Taco Family Portrait!

As promised – Caryn’s chickens – Taco is the head chicken in front. What a character. Can’t wait to meet her in person.


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Sketch O’ The Day: And The Winner Is…

Diane and Stiv won a free drawing by guessing the closest!
Here is the photo again – Tiny sheep-like Faux Fur Tribble Soft-Sculptures that sit on my window sill. No rocks inside. Was fun to see people guess things like hedges – color can be so absent in a drawing.

sheeplike trible sculptures - Kate Ruddle

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Tiny Sketch O’ The Day – Merritt College Gardens

Tiny Sketches O’ The Day:
Micah dropped me off at Merritt College an hour before my pruning class (and before anyone else) this am and I spent the time doing tiny sketches in the gardens! Bench with my bags, fountain, and flowers on a post-it note. Lined paper was actually fun for the fence and bench rails, but think I need a new tiny sketchbook!




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Sketch O’ The Day: Can you guess what this is?

Sketch O’ The Day: Can you guess what it is? I will draw a sketch for the winner and post it on Facebook. Hint: Micah is excluded from this contest as this lives in my living room.

TIny Sheep Trible Sculptures-Kate_Ruddle-web


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Succulent and Lavender sketch

Going to start posting sketches for fun – haven’t been drawing enough!

succulent-lavender sketch

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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

Kate Ruddle name
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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