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august 2017: new collection...new york...new collaboration! August 15 2017

 

new collection
Our new collection dives a bit deeper into the beautiful world of plant dyed textiles as I find new ways to explore organic linen, organic hemp/cotton and silk fabrics.  I love finding ways to incorporate every remnant and scrap of this precious fabric into my work, and enjoy the challenge of creating a line where nothing goes to waste.  My roots still pull me back to wool felt, so you will also find a new family of finger puppets, arctic pocket pals, freshly designed holiday decor, and a sweet set of lavender sachets.

Visit Kata Golda's updated website to see what's new!

 

ny now: august 20-23
It is a busy time of year getting ready for NY NOW (the only trade show that Kata Golda participates in), which is taking place from August 20-23, 2017 at the Javits Center in NYC.  You can find us in the Handmade Designer Maker section in booth #1345 (a new location!).  As always, retailers will find a thoughtfully curated collection of sustainable design and simple aesthetic. All items are created by hand, made with purpose, and crafted with a conscience.  This year's booth will feature plant dyed linen & organic cotton/hemp purses, journals, photo albums & pillows; wool felt toys, hair clips & DIY kits; letterpress cards; ceramic cups & pendants; holiday decor; and a Kata Golda workshop highlighting opportunities for custom projects.

Come by and say hello!  Booth #1345


 

 


new collaboration
Jess Panza and I have been neighbors at NY NOW for a few years, and while we work with dramatically different materials, we share a love of the handmade and a passion for true craftsmanship.  After many markets of mutual admiration and inspiration, we decided that a collaboration was in order. NY NOW is always exciting, but this market will be even more fun as we debut this thoughtful box of handmade love.  It is sensory satisfaction, indulgence, practicality, and whimsy brought together in one beautiful collection. We are neighbors at NY NOW starting on August 20 (booths #1345 and #1347) and the gift boxes will be available for wholesale and retail sale in late August.  


New Collection, New York NOW January 31 2017

Visit Kata Golda's updated website to see our new collection!

ceramic cups and pendants…linen pillows…purses and treasure bags…zipper pouches…felt and organic cotton/ hemp toys…crowns…DIY kits…hand bound journals…wall decorations…address books…photograph albums…cards…plant dyed fabrics…letterpress printing…hand stitching...

tales told with a needle and thread.

Kata Golda will be at NY NOW in February...w
e'd love for you to stop by and say hello.

Booth #9407.

Handmade Designer Maker section, Javits Center, NYC.

Saturday, February 4th- Tuesday, February 7th.


Website updates and NY NOW! January 24 2017

Kata Golda's updated website to see our new collection!

ceramic cups and pendants…linen pillows…purses and treasure bags…zipper pouches…felt and organic cotton/ hemp toys…crowns…DIY kits…hand bound journals…wall decorations…address books…photograph albums…cards…plant dyed fabrics…letterpress printing…hand stitching...

tales told with a needle and thread.

Kata Golda will be at NY NOW in February...w
e'd love for you to stop by and say hello.

Booth #9407.

Handmade Designer Maker section, Javits Center, NYC.

Saturday, February 4th- Tuesday, February 7.

We hope to see you there!


New Collection, New York August 10 2016

August 9, 2016

Visit Kata Golda's updated website to see our new collection!

ceramic cups and pendants...linen pillow cases...zipper pouches...wool felt toys...DIY kits...hair clips...photograph albums, journals, cards...organic cotton/ hemp plant-dyed fabric
, letterpress printing, hand-stitching...

Kata Golda will be at NY NOW in August...w
e'd love for you to stop by and say hello.

Booth #9407.

Handmade Designer Maker section, Javits Center, NYC.

Saturday, August  20th- Tuesday, August 23rd.


New Products and New York! August 10 2016

January 26, 2016

Visit Kata Golda's updated website with new collections and designs...

New products, old favorites...ceramic cups and pendants...linen pillow cases...zipper pouches...wool felt toys...DIY kits...hair clips...photograph albums, journals, cards...organic cotton hemp/hand-dyed fabric, letterpress printing, hand-stitching...


Kata Golda will be at NY NOW...w
e'd love for you to stop by!

Booth #9407.

Handmade Designer Maker section, Javits Center, NYC.


Saturday, January  30th- Tuesday, February 2nd.


NY NOW Winter 2016 August 10 2016

January 19, 2016

New products, old favorites...ceramic cups and pendants...linen pillow cases...zipper pouches...wool felt toys...DIY kits...hair clips...photograph albums, journals, cards...organic cotton hemp/hand-dyed fabric, letterpress printing, hand-stitching...

Kata Golda will be at NY NOW...w
e'd love for you to stop by!

Booth #9407.

Handmade Designer Maker section, Javits Center, NYC.

Saturday, January  30th- Tuesday, February 2nd.


August 2015: New York, New Collection August 14 2015

Visit Kata Golda's updated website to check out our new collection including the debut of our winter holiday line.

New products, old favorites, and new takes on old favorites. 

Kata Golda will be at NY NOW...w
e'd love for you to stop by!

Booth #9407

Handmade Designer Maker section, Javits Center

Saturday, August 15th- Tuesday, August 18th

 


August 2015- Kata Golda at NY NOW August 08 2015

 

New products, old favorites, and new takes on old favorites... all at NY NOW. 

Hope to see you there.

Kata Golda, booth #9407

Handmade Designer Maker section, Javits Center

Saturday, August 15th- Tuesday, August 18th

Kata Golda's new winter holiday line~ August 2015


Two Winter Wrens April 13 2015

Two winter wrens

My studio opens to the outdoors and right outside there is a bench that faces the front garden. When the sun is shining on the bench I grab my basket of hand stitching projects and am there.

 The other day, as I sat stitching in the sunshine, two winter wrens flew to my barberry bush. It was odd for me to see these birds here at eye level just a few feet away as I have only ever seen and heard them in the forest. One snuck inside the bush and the other sat on the highest branch singing its little heart out. It is truly astounding that such a sound can come out of such a tiny creature.

 I did not have a device to capture this audio and visual moment. I stopped what I was doing and observed with all of my senses, fully taking in the experience.

 I realize in retrospect how important it is to have these kinds of moments. I did not think that in that moment or the moments that followed that this encounter would have resonated with me as it did. Days have passed since the winter wren moment but the remembrance of it continues to linger.

 -Alison Kaplan, Founder of Kata Golda

 


A Clean Slate March 08 2015

I spend a lot of time in my home studio. In fact, I rarely leave except to run the necessary errands or to travel. Sometimes I look around me and feel overwhelmed by piles of papers, sketches, lists and patterns, scattered with bits of felt that have accumulated. They have established themselves with an underserved permanence. There are so many I don’t know how to begin sorting. The time commitment, and the potential leftover disaster if I get started and don’t finish, is too much for me to take on.

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We'd love to see you in New York January 22 2015

Come see us at NY NOW gift show

New York City, Jan. 31- Feb 3

Handmade Designer Maker, Booth 9407

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January Already January 19 2015

Honestly, is there anything more boring than our insistence on exclaiming how busy we are every time someone asks?  And yet...  Here we are gearing up for another trade show, mere days after the holiday rush finally subsided.  But no complaints here, just a bit of fatigue and a hearty dose of gratitude for the support of our fans and customers who made 2014 and the launch of our new collection so darn successful.

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My Mossy, Seaside Town December 09 2014

You've likely heard me refer to my mossy, seaside town.  It's a saying I am quite fond of, both because it sounds charming and also because it is accurate.  Moss grows on any horizontal surface that is not in direct sunlight this time of year.  And there is little direct sunlight this time of year.  When the wind stops howling (the not-so-charming aspect of the "seaside" part), I can hear the bells on the buoys ringing to remind boaters that they are dangerously close to this piece of fog-shrouded land that juts into the Salish Sea.

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Cozify November 18 2014

 

GETTING COZY
I am not one to jump on the bandwagon of word trends, but I just can't resist the urge to "cozify"-- to make warm my old Victorian home studio in the damp and windy Pacific Northwest.  My favorite way to do this is by baking, and more specifically, by baking winter squash.  Though, truth be known, the idea of baking potatoes as both hand warmers and a warm snack as they did in Little House on the Prairie books is a close second, if only I had long sleigh rides to prepare for.  I digress...

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October 2014- Pockets of Resistance September 30 2014 3 Comments

I am not sure if it is seasonal, or it is a phenomena that occurs when my life feels completely overwhelming,  but whatever the reason- before I really focus and get to business (whether it be sewing, designing or putting up food for the winter) I need to deeply organize and flush things out.

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WOW. Just wow. September 16 2014

Did my last post really mention throwing in the towel?  Because, honestly, I can't imagine my new product line being received any better than it was at the NY Now show last month.  Wow.  Just wow. 

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August 2014- New York, New Website, New Collection... Oh my! August 01 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Every couple of years I think about throwing in the towel.  This running a craft business is a lot of work. More and more people are shopping online and not at the cute little shops that have been my bread and butter for years.  And I built this business on journals!  As in books!  As in real paper, that you write on with a pen, that you don't plug in or sync or tweet with.

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June 2014- The Bear, My Frenemy June 01 2014

The Bear, my Frenemy   Is any animal represented as divergently as the bear?  We put cute, soft ones in the crib with baby, and yet we know them to be wild, predatory creatures.  My own experiences with bears are similarly divided.  As a small child, I cuddled my teddy bear so hard that it lost a limb.  Instead of grieving the loss, I decided to celebrate that my bear had given birth to a cub.  Oh, how I’d love to have that youthful optimism back.

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April 2014- About Joy, and a Mother's Day DIY project April 01 2014

Let me tell you a little something about my mom.  Her name is Joy and she is a maker of all things knit, and all perfectly baked cookies.  Every month I receive a hand knit item in the mail from her. Many of these are requests, some she just thought I might like, and others are experiments. These days I am in the process of creating a new line to launch this summer.  I have taken a big step back from production and been spending a considerable amount of time on drawing and application of these drawings to fabrics.  Working and reworking fabrics and patterns, I am reminded of Joy and her virtuous patience with handiwork.

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March 2014- Working Through the Piles March 15 2014

So many of the things I make are clearly inspired by Spring.  I love this time of "starting", such as planting my plant starts and thinking about their future, the time and care and changes that will occur. The dedication to try and cultivate success and the unpredictable patterns of the weather. Thinking about the future, innovative ways I will consider using the flowers, foliage and vegetables to make decorations and food.

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March 2014- Boxes of Potential giveaway March 01 2014

I am not aware of the clutter accumulating on my table until suddenly the amount of work space is significantly diminished.  I vow to not let this happen again but then, in the busy-ness of running this business, I add things one at a time. It never feels like a take-over until one day when it does.

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February 2014- Making Valentines February 01 2014

This time of year I feel like I am in a 'no mans land', pulled in various directions with lots of ideas but too antsy to dedicate myself to one direction.   I am not busy with deadlines (except those self-imposed ones).  It is not quite time for spring cleaning and gardening.  Sadly, I realize that without the pressure of orders and holidays and deadline I feel a little stagnant.  Isn't this the kind of down time we all long for?

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January 2014- Found Items January 01 2014

The excitement of the holidays is behind us and such small amounts of daylight are with us.  I either want to snuggle in and sleep and sleep, or I feel like drinking coffee in my warm studio and making something.  The quiet, cold and stillness of the outdoors bring me great indoor focus.  This is the season of cooking and creating.
In my love of simplicity, I’ve been looking to found objects around the house for inspiration.

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November 2013- Making Holiday Centerpieces November 01 2013

This time of year is filled with parties large and small. I appreciate these events, but need a lot of quiet time in between in order to appreciate the ones I attend. I enjoy the anticipation of such events, especially when I have a role in creating them. When I host or decorate, I like to have time to think about the people and the season... maybe experiencing the falling maple leaves or the crisp air. In the past, sadly, there was a part of me that felt resentful of the lack of recognition I would receive for these efforts, but I kept at it year after year, until it finally dawned on me that I do it for myself. I take immense pleasure in the creating and in the sharing regardless of what others do or don't do.

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October 2013- Halloween on Polk Street October 01 2013

The Kata Golda studio just happens to sit on one of the few streets in our mossy seaside town where trick-or-treating happens at a brisk pace, consistently, all night long. I wonder how this happened, how our neighborhood became the designated zone for giving and getting candy.

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September 2013- Giving the Perfect Gift September 01 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Giving the perfect gift is a joy and challenge to me. I strive to find gifts that are beautiful, personal and lasting and present them in a thoughtful way. Here's my advice for putting together the right little collection, right down to the gift wrap, for an occasion to honor friends or family.

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August 2013- For those who think they are not creative August 01 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 I have a dear friend who thinks that she is not creative or skilled in making things. The other day I was at her house and found this winged horse amongst a smattering of her daughter’s toys. I fell in love with its simplicity and the perfect execution of her daughter’s request for a horse with wings. Without hesitation, my self-proclaimed "non-creative" friend had cut and stitched the horse from scraps in a matter of minutes. The little loved horse has journeyed around town and through the washing machine inside a pocket a number of times.

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June 2013- Silence, and Plush Turtle DIY Tutorial June 01 2013 1 Comment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The windows are open; I’m lying in bed listening to the gentle waves, trying to silence my mind of all that needs to be done tomorrow, of all that was forgotten today.  A memory comes to me of a quiet day one summer, in a canoe on a pond surrounded by lily pads, watching damselflies, hearing nothing but the occasional paddle dip and the lapping of water on the side of the boat. But then my sweetheart reminds me of all the sounds: the tinny whir of dragonfly wings, calls of the marsh wren and warbler, the insistence of frogs. Perhaps silence isn’t so quiet after all.

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April 2013- A Deer-themed, Handmade Birthday Party April 01 2013

Port Townsend (the mossy little seaside town where Kata Golda springs from in Washington) is populated by many herds of deer. Beloved by tourists — cursed by gardeners — we see deer every day in our neighborhood of Victorian homes and lush landscapes. And so it is that Rennie Simone, a little girl who lives across the street, came to fall in love with these gentle neighbors.

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March 2013- Bunny with Baby tutorial March 01 2013

It's the time of year when I cannot resist taking my morning cup of coffee out to the garden to see what has transpired there, seemingly overnight. New buds appearing on the fruit trees, the first crocuses unfurling on the south side of the house, patient daphne odora teasing me with the promise of bloom and heavenly scent.

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January 2013- A Bit of Uncluttered Time (and a Luggage Tag DIY project) January 01 2013

New Valentine Items for 2013, by Kata Golda

I will resist the temptation to tell you how, as a resident of the Pacific Northwest, I long to flee our grey, wet, mild winters. That story has likely been told countless times, today alone, on blogs and web sites. But this is the season when I can get away from the studio and seek quiet and inspiration, and so I travel. Sometimes near, sometimes far, sometimes only my mind wanders.

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December 2012- Star Ornament DIY Tutorial December 12 2012

This time of year, when my tummy is full and the pantry is packed for the winter, I think to myself, “I have plenty.” I have so much to be grateful for: a warm home, a healthy family, rewarding work. So during this season of reflection, I remind myself that indeed I have plenty, and hope the same for you.

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November 2012- Abundance November 01 2012

What a full and inspired autumn we’re having at Kata Golda. 

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November 2012- Celebrating Autumn November 01 2012

The skies have returned to cool gray here, but autumn's warm harvest golds abound — a sure sign that preparations for a long winter's nap have begun. We certainly have a lot for you to enjoy and look forward to.

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August 2012- Kata Golda at NY Stationery Show August 17 2012

Summer has brought much activity and change here at Kata Golda. In mid-May the new 2012–2013 collection made its public debut in NYC at the National Stationery Show, complete with a new print catalog and website.

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