Macramé Workshop with Emily Katz

Written by Chloe Miller

Artist, designer and art director Emily Katz is a busy woman. Her macramé plant hangers and wall hangings have been featured in lifestyle magazines around the world. She’s launched clothing and jewelry lines, produces and shows her artwork, writes poetry, and works as a photo stylist (she credits much of her recent success to her use of Instagram). This multitalented artist also does freehand machine embroidery that incorporates watercolor. We’re excited to have her teaching a workshop at Tillamook Station on Thursday, March 27th.

Please join us for an evening of fiber arts and inspiration with Emily Katz on Thursday, March 27th at Tillamook Station.

Date: Thursday, March 27, 2014
Time: 6:00 – 9:00pm
Place:Tillamook Station, 665 N Tillamook Street, PDX 97227
Cost: $25, includes supplies

Eventbrite - Discovery Workshop with Emily Katz

CM

How is Portland a good fit for your interests?

EK

I think that Portland is really supportive of artists and creatives and so I find that it’s a good place to be for that. There are a lot of people that are doing their own thing, it’s a good place to be self made.

CM

I love your embroidery work – can you tell me about your process?

EK

I went to art school in Baltimore and studied printmaking and learned about intaglio and etching and the raised line of that medium was so appealing to me, but i didn’t really like the whole process, so many steps. I’m a much more whimsical creator; like when I cook, I just throw things in, I’m not much of a recipe follower. So with the embroidery, it really happened organically. I never knew that that was a thing, and one day i just sat down at the machine and started sewing and it worked.

The process of making those works is all on the machine and freehand. Lately I’ve been adding some watercolor to the process. I basically draw with the sewing machine using the needle as a static place while moving the fabric around. I don’t trace anything. Sometimes when I’m making a really large piece I’ll sketch some just to have proportion.

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CM

How and when did you learn the art of macramé?

EK

I learned how to macramé from my mom while visiting her two summers ago, she lives in Connecticut. I don’t spend a lot of time with her, so when I went to visit, I wanted something that we could do together and something she could teach me. I remembered that she had done macramé when she was young, so I asked her about it. Then we went to the store and got all the supplies, we sat up in her kitchen while my two half sisters were baking cookies and my boyfriend was sitting on the floor playing guitar and we made two macramé plant hangers.

It was such an amazing experience to be all together. It was really, really special and I feel so grateful that she’s passed this knowledge on to me. She used to make them as a teenager and sell them at this salon where my grandma went to get her hair cut. She sold them to raise money to buy her first guitar, which was the guitar that my boyfriend was playing, it’s an old Martin from the seventies. So it’s really cool to have her influence in my work.

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CM

What are the benefits and challenges of being self-employed?

EK

The benefits are many. I find that I’m able to travel a lot and that’s really a big piece of what I want to be doing in my life. Macramé especially has been really exceptional for that, because people want it all over the world. Having a flexible schedule, being able to make time whenever I want—which sometimes goes into the negative. Working at home, there’s laundry to do and oh there’s the bed and I want to take a nap. But there’s this balance between what you think you should be doing, and what society tells you you should be doing, and how you want to live your life. So even though it’s three o’ clock and I’m going to make another cup of coffee and bake some cookies and take a nap, then I’ll work until one in the morning. It can look kind of stressful sometimes, or maybe it’s outside of the norm of what you’re “supposed” to be doing. I feel very grateful. It can be hard, but it’s always worth it.

CM

Have you been doing any recent collaborations?

EK

I’ve been doing creative consulting, which really is a collaboration. It’s part of my dream to help facilitate other people’s dreams and to support them in the work that they’re doing. So that’s kind of a collaboration, sitting across the table from people, talking about how I can help to make them better. Even if it’s just talking, which is kind of the best part for me.

In her March 27th workshop, Emily will share her knowledge of macramé with us. Everyone in attendance will make & take a macramé keychain and participants will also practice their skills by working on a collaborative wall hanging. Emily will also be wearing her creative consultant hat and touching on building the life you want and doing what you love.

Please join us for an evening of fiber arts and inspiration on Thursday, March 27th at Tillamook Station.

Date: Thursday, March 27, 2014
Time: 6:00 – 9:00pm
Place:Tillamook Station, 665 N Tillamook Street, PDX 97227
Cost: $25, includes supplies

Eventbrite - Discovery Workshop with Emily Katz