Monday, November 24, 2008

The new studio & open house

Well, the planets aligned and there are likely to be five of us in the studio rather than four, which means a cheaper rent and more exciting things happening in one room. I'm psyched about it! We've got Mitzi, who's a painter and a friend of mine, and Cindy, who's a metalsmith and jewelry designer. They'll be moving in (Cindy is still a maybe at the moment) as of December, and Larissa, who is taking old things and sprucing them up, is already moved in! I really am lucky.

But before December, there's the annual Shirt Factory Holiday Showcase! It's this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Come in and see what the Shirt Factory is all about!


Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Studiomate needed!

Well, our studiomate Zack Zoll is looking to move out, and that leaves us with a gap in the rent. Right now, it's Casey the Candy Thief (seamstress and funkmaster), Steve Gallucci (piano rockstar) and me (messy person visual artist-slash-stuffmaker).

The studio's on the third floor of The Shirt Factory, which, in case you didn't know, is an artist's community in Glens Falls on the corner of Cooper and Lawrence Streets.

- There's 1200 square feet of room total and you'd get a corner of that.
- There's a sink handy, we have fridges and a microwave you can use, and a fetching green couch.
- The bathroom's close, down the hall.
- You can paint your walls any color you choose.
- You can get in to do your thing any time you want.
- You can keep and do whatever you want there (as long as it's not stinky, dead or [very] illegal).
- Lots of light.
- Casey, Steve and I are pretty awesome.
- It's great for artists, crafters, musicians, or people in need of some storage space.
- It's $150 a month.

Interested? Drop a line, we'll talk. I have pictures, or can give you a tour.

Friday, October 10, 2008

mantras, wishes and prayers.

Tonight I won a prize at bjsartworks' "From Victim to Victory: A Domestic Violence Awareness Project" art show. It was a good show - normally I'm not wowed by every single piece in a show, but there was so much emotion in every single one of them that I really was in awe. The reception itself was powerful, too, with a sing-along and original song by Pam Barker, who had inspired Bev Saunders to put this show together.

The painting I put in is called "STOP." I have a way of trying to use my art as a way to wish, pray, do mantras or voodoo or - I don't know what. It's like if I painted this hard enough, it would stop. I've done that with others - if you look on the website's gallery and click "Tell the Sky" or "Wish" you'll see the same sort of thing. Let's hope this stuff works.

Here's the winning painting, and the ribbon. Thanks to Bev for putting it all together - this was a really wonderful show and I'm glad I could be a part of it.


Bjsartworks is located on the second floor of The Shirt Factory, on the corner of Lawrence and Cooper Streets in Glens Falls, New York. The show is up until Halloween, and I really recommend checking it out.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Obama vs. McCain: Arts policy

What just came through my email inbox? Why, it's Barack Obama's Arts Policy. Just skim the headlines - funding for the arts and arts education, cultural diplomacy, this Artist Corps sounds fun... even... WHAT? HEALTH CARE for artists. Wow. WOW. I think I'm hooked. Reading through this is like eating candy, like reading a wish list of mine. Even if most of these things don't happen in real life, I can't believe we've actually got a guy running for President that's actually thinking this way. Artists are so used to working late into the night for little to no recognition that this nod our way seems way too good to be true.

However, in the interest of fairness - and I don't mean this sarcastically. I work for a newspaper now and am increasingly aware of the importance of fairness - I thought I ought to look up John McCain's arts policy.

From what I can find on the internet, he doesn't have one. I'm not the first blogger to bring this up, either. A google search on "McCain's arts policy" brings up several posts about this very topic. Artocracy has actually tried contacting McCain's campaign to figure out his policy and gotten no response.

Elizabeth Currid of Election 2008 writes, "McCain doesn’t have an arts policy, other than a desire to eliminate spending directed toward the arts."

Her entire article is worth reading, as it outlines what cuts have been made to arts funding in the last 15 years and provides statistics that are hard to argue with about how the arts makes up a good percent of the workforce.

I have to say that this is very smart marketing on Senator Obama's part. Senator McCain must not realize how many of us there are who, while are also concerned about the economy and safety of our country, really struggle every day with this stuff.

I'm open to rebuttals -- has anybody out there seen otherwise on this issue?

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Okay, maybe I get it now.

I just may have figured out why so many people around here paint pictures of Lake George.


Some background, if you're not from around here: When you're checking out the local art scene, it's kind of a "blah blah blah Lake George" thing. EVERYONE does paintings of Lake George, and it's a serious snooze. Sure, it's pretty, but it's decorative. My idea of good art isn't decorative. Blecch.

My idea of good art is that it means something. It pushes envelopes. It's personal, it's emotional, it's important, it invokes a reaction and conveys something real and human. It makes people angry, or sad, or joyful, and number one, it's original - it's not just blahhhh, ANOTHER painting of a lake - how very exciting for you. There's so much "pretty" art out there, and I really have no desire to clutter up the world with more of it. How many times can people paint the same thing before the painting police put a stop to this!?

Honestly, I realize that people want to have something pretty in their homes, but gosh, it's so boring. Admittedly, I've done a landscape or three, done my small share of florals, succumbing to the sad fact that nobody really wants to buy my angsty life on paper.

However, I had the opportunity last week to go out on Lake George for the first time, for an Editorial meeting in my boss Mark Frost's boat. And I think I get it.

When you're actually there, soaking up Lake George, you want more than anything to paint it, to take that feeling of exhilaration and relaxation and capture it so you can share it with everyone else. When people buy paintings of Lake George, they can point out the islands - Lake George vacationers and natives know the names of them, and have good memories associated with them. It is a personal thing. I took lots of pictures...


I even liked it so much that I went back to the Lake with my boyfriend Cory. We hiked in, laid out a picnic, jumped in the water and laid in the sun. I took pictures of that, too. Watch out - you just might see some Lake George paintings from me yet!


... I'm not gonna pretend they're anything original, though.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

So, the show.

I was worried... I knew none of my family could make it, and Cory had to work, so my definite attendees were going to be missing, and I had a certain paranoia about the whole thing.


I happen to have really awesome friends and coworkers. Really. Awesome. Thank you so much, everyone who made it out. You made my night, and it was wonderful to have you there to spend time with me during the reception.

Thanks for eating the cheese with me. My fears were squelched with your warmth.
Love and hugs.


eat the cheese

1. When nobody shows to an art reception, the artist is said to have "eaten the cheese."

Origins: In the olden days, artists used to provide refreshments at their art openings. On the occasion that nobody showed, they would be left with heaps of fruit, crackers, wine and cheese, to eat what they had hoped to share with friends and family all by themselves in an act of shame. This practice is now out of date because after this became commonplace, artists stopped bringing the food in the first place.

"I totally ate the cheese at my Ridge Street Coffee Co. show."

Saturday, August 2, 2008

North Country Studios Tour

This weekend is the first ever North Country Studios Tour, put on by the North Country Arts Center.

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Visitors will have the opportunity to meet the participating artists in their studios--in a converted factory, renovated barns, farmhouses, newly designed spaces. They are painters, sculptors, potters, jewelers, photographers, textile, mixed media, and "new rustic" artists who create works of art that are often exhibited and sold beyond the borders of the North Country.

The organizers of the tour are artists collaborating to help connect the community to the arts by opening their studios. They were inspired by last year's successful open studio tours east and north of our region. We believe open studios will demonstrate individual achievements and present vital currents in fine art and crafts in our region and offer visitors a chance to purchase works of art directly from the artists.

So... This Saturday and Sunday, August 9 and 10, from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM, pick up a brochure or visit the website and come out to see the studios! I'll be in The Shirt Factory on the third floor in mine, working on some new stuff - stop by to say hello!

Monday, July 28, 2008

Going digital

My sister came to visit me last night and I helped her make herself over for an internship interview at SPAC. After work, we went for a walk around downtown Glens Falls in another outfit I picked for her, and we ended up doing a spontaneous photoshoot. I played around with some of the pictures in GIMP and am really loving some of them.

This shot is strangely similar to a drawing I did back in 2003 or so...

And this one was a lucky accident - she was fixing her headband, but the way the camera blurred made this really wonderful and intense...

They're both available for sale on now!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Flower painting...

Well, I'm 26 now. Working at The Chronicle is still going well - it's a lot more brainwork than I'm used to, but that's not a bad thing!

I came out with some surprisingly nice flower paintings at Garden Time last weekend. It was nice to have time to devote solely to painting. I haven't done that in a long while. Here's a photo of some of the work that came of the plein air painting:
From left to right, that's an orchid, a Venus Fly Trap, and some kind of lily. I had a good time. Nothing sold, but painting just felt really nice. I'll have to make more time for it.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Three shows, plein air painting, and a birthday!

The new job at The Chronicle is going well!

Yesterday I hung up a show at The Glen at Hiland Meadows on Longview Road in Queensbury. It looks really nice - check it out if you can! It's up through July. I have a show coming up at Ridge Street Coffee Co. on Ridge Street in Glens Falls for August, and also still have work hanging in the hallway between Aimie's Dinner & A Movie and Wallabee's Jazz Bar.

This weekend I will be plein air painting with Betty O'Brien at Garden Time on Quaker Road in Queensbury for their big tent sale. There's going to be a radio station there broadcasting, and food, vendors, a bounce house, and a huge raffle. Stop by and see me! Janet Nolin of ButterflyGrace Creations will be selling her flower photo cards as well. I'll be there from noon to three on Saturday and from ten to one on Sunday.

Monday is my twenty sixth birthday!

Kate E. Austin July Newsletter

Kate E. Austin Newsletter
July 8th, 2008

In the span of one week, I graduated from college with my Bachelor's degree in Art, started a new career, and moved in with my boyfriend! I am now Arts Writer for The Chronicle, a local weekly newspaper right down the street from my new apartment. I'm still settling in, but I'm very excited about it.
The change in routine and ridiculous heat we've been having has put my studio hours on hold for now, though. I'm trying to make it in when I can, but right now nothing is regular.
I am still Co-President of the North Country Arts Center. We are still looking for artists and crafters who are interested in our Colors of Fall Arts & Crafts Festival. Be in touch with me or visit the website at for an application! I am also coordinating the North Country Studios Tour, which is taking place August 9th & 10th. More on this event is available on the NCAC website as well.
Classes are all on hiatus until further notice. I am still available for one-on-one instruction this summer. To work something out, contact me at 353-2121 or


“Light Fair” (Group Show with the Upper Hudson Valley Watercolor Society)
Location: LARAC (Lapham Gallery), 7 Lapham Place, Glens Falls, New York
Date: Now through August 2nd
Plein Air Painting at Garden Time
I will be painting flowers in shifts with watercolorist and fellow Shirt Factory studio owner Betty O'Brien, a watermedia painter who will also be displaying her work. Janet Nolin of ButterflyGrace Creations will have her flower photo cards available for sale as well.
Location: Garden Time, Quaker Road, Queensbury, New York
Date: Saturday and Sunday, July 12 and 13.
Time: My shifts are Saturday from noon to three and Sunday from nine to one.
Kate E. Austin Solo Show
Location: The Glen at Hiland Meadows, 39 Longview Drive, Queensbury, New York
Date: Now through the end of July
Reception: TBA
North Country Studios Tour
Come see the studios of over 17 artists throughout the North Country! Mine will be just one of many.
Location: Studio #307, The Shirt Factory, Corner of Lawrence & Cooper Streets, Glens Falls, New York
Date: Saturday, August 9th and Sunday, August 10th
Time: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Kate E. Austin Solo Show
Location: Ridge Street Coffee Co., 1 Ridge Street, Glens Falls, New York
Date: August 2008
Reception: Thursday, August 15th
Time: 5:00 – 8:00 pm

Hope to see you at one of the upcoming shows!
Please keep the following sites bookmarked as I try to keep them all updated often: – My website – My online store for my artwork – My online store for jewelry and bags – My blog

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Level Up.

It's been a while... and a lot has changed. My life has been simply surreal lately.

* On Sunday, June 1st, I moved in with my boyfriend Cory into a new apartment down the street from my old one.

* On Saturday, June 7th, I graduated from Empire State College with my Bachelor's of Science in Visual Arts.

* On Monday, June 9th, I accepted a job offer from The Chronicle and in two weeks will be an Arts Writer - a job that will morph into Arts Editor as Cathy DeDe, the current Arts Editor, readies to move out of town. I will be starting June 25th, 2008.

* Today, June 10th, I submitted my two weeks' notice to my job with W.F. Lake, a job that I have held for the past three years through two moves and through going back to school and through quitting smoking - I have changed so much sitting in that desk day after day.

It's as though my life is a video game and I just got a Level Up. 2008 has certainly been a year for change.

Needless to say, my art and my online presence has taken a back burner while I re-sort my life out. I'll be picking it back up as soon as I settle into a groove with everything. Thanks for staying with me!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Someday we'll be somebody's dead grandparents.

I haven't really played much with any kind of photoshop for years and years. I used to do much more with it, but it was mainly wanky self-portraits. I was feeling lovey yesterday so I toodled around with GIMP and came up with this. I'm pretty happy with it, despite the fact that it's really low-res. Maybe I'll play more with this... I had fun.


Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Revolution Money Exchange!

Okay, so. Revolution Money Exchange. RME. Seems like the consensus, from what I've read on the etsy forums, is that it's completely legit, a company that is starting up competition with PayPal. Works pretty much exactly like PayPal, but they're just starting out, so they've got all these promos - including one that gives you $25 if you sign up by 5/15. Today. Yes, they need your SSN and bank account number, because you're opening a bank account. Everything I have read says that it's completely safe and legit. Also, for every person you refer, you get an additional $10 to spend wherever RME is accepted. Today I got a convo from a buyer asking if I accepted RME. I think this is going to be a really widespread thing. So....

Here's the link:

Refer A Friend using Revolution Money ExchangeAnd yeah, if you sign up with this link I get $10. But you'll get $25! Also, now my three shops Aephemera, Ivy Teakettle, and Idiotic Idioms ALL accept RME - so if you're shopping around with your free $25, be sure to check them out!

Thursday, May 8, 2008

US Artists - You are about to lose all your rights.

This is scary! Please take action and pass on to artists you know.

As an artist, you have to read this article or you could lose everything you've ever created!

An Orphaned Work is any creative work of art where the artist or copyright owner has released their copyright, whether on purpose, by passage of time, or by lack of proper registration. In the same way that an orphaned child loses the protection of his or her parents, your creative work can become an orphan for others to use without your permission.

If you don't like to read long articles, you will miss incredibly important information that will affect the rest of your career as an artist. You should at least skip to the end to find the link for a fantastic interview with the Illustrators' Partnership about how you are about to lose ownership of your own artwork.

Currently, you don't have to register your artwork to own the copyright. You own a copyright as soon as you create something. International law also supports this. Right now, registration allows you to sue for damages, in addition to fair value.

What makes me so MAD about this new legislation is that it legalizes THEFT! The only people who benefit from this are those who want to make use of our creative works without paying for them and large companies who will run the new private copyright registries.

These registries are companies that you would be forced to pay in order to register every single image, photo, sketch or creative work.

It is currently against international law to coerce people to register their work for copyright because there are so many inherent problems with it. But because big business can push through laws in the United States, our country is about to break with the rest of the world, again, and take your rights away.

With the tens of millions of photos and pieces of artwork created each year, the bounty for forcing everyone to pay a registration fee would be enormous. We lose our rights and our creations, and someone else makes money at our expense.

This includes every sketch, painting, photo, sculpture, drawing, video, song and every other type of creative endeavor. All of it is at risk!
Click here to read the rest of the article - CRITICAL information!:
More info:
A petition:
Discuss in etsy forums:

Remember, signing a petition is definitely action, but it's not as effective as writing an actual letter! I've heard it said that an actual e-mail is worth 6 petition signatures, that a hard copy letter is worth 6 e-mails, and that a handwritten letter or phone call is worth 6 hard copy letters!

Let's be LOUD about this!

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Be who you are, Love who you know.

50% of the proceeds from the sales of this necklace will be donated to a local LGBT group called The Bridge. The Bridge is run by Andrea Adams, an absolutely amazing woman who started the organization only a few years ago. Now it is a full-blown organization with events, programs, testing, and groups. Wear this necklace proudly to be who you are and love who you know!

STAND PROUD necklace

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Now you can purchase Idiotic Idioms!

Now, archival museum-quality giclee prints of Idiotic Idioms are available! Visit to check out the shop.


Friday, May 2, 2008

Winner of the giveaway!

I wanted to let you know that EVERYONE who participated in the giveaway will be receiving an Esmerelda Mix Tape Bangle. Thank you all for your help promoting this blog, and Congratulations!

Thursday, May 1, 2008

New show, Post Star coverage, and the LGBT Meet & Greet

Well, I've hung the show at Wallabee's! Yesterday I skipped out of work early to hang the show. My wonderful boyfriend Cory helped me by running all over town when I realized I forgot to pack nails, and that I wanted a painting that was hanging at my apartment. It looks nice, I think... and is my THIRD show that's up right now! I've got one at the Lake Sunapee Bank in Killington, Vermont, one at Rock Hill Bakehouse Cafe at 19 Exchange Street in Glens Falls, and now the one at Wallabee's Jazz Bar right across the street!

I was also in the Glens Falls Leader that came out yesterday. This week, if you're in town, pick them up someplace and check out the insert covering roundtable discussion on the State Of The Arts! I think they transcribed it from the audio tape they took, so when you read it, I seem a little disjointed... There are three pictures total of me in there, though - pretty exciting news!

Tonight is the LGBT Meet & Greet at Wallabee's Jazz Bar. It's put on by The Bridge and is sure to be a great time. Andrea Adams of The Bridge asked me to put my work on the walls at Wallabee's, and they'll be raffling off a couple prints of mine. I can't wait! I made a special pair of rainbow chainmaille earrings for the occasion... Check out the event and come OUT tonight!

Monday, April 28, 2008

Exciting news!

Ralph Nader was in Glens Falls on Saturday for a campaign fundraiser. I helped out planning the event and got a picture with him in front of my artwork, which is on display at Rock Hill Bakehouse!
Me and Ralph Nader IN FRONT OF MY ARTWORK AT ROCK HILL!!!!!!!!

Also, the Rusty Matcutter's monthly newsletter is out, and they've got a picture of my chainmaille jewelry in it, which is now for sale in their gift shop. Check it out!

MORE news! My artwork will be on display at Wallabee's Jazz Bar/Aimie's Dinner & A Movie for this Thursday Night's LGBT Meet & Greet, organized by Andrea Adams of The Bridge. It starts at 5:00 pm and is just a $5 cover charge at the door. It should be a colorful night! For more information, visit the website here. Here's the breakdown:

WHAT: LGBTQ "Meet & Greet"
WHERE: Wallabees Jazz Bar-Exchange Sreet (off Elm) Downtown GF
WHEN: Thursday, May 1st
TIMES: 5:30pm to 8:30pm
COST: $5.00 donation at door
Cash Bar Plus:
Plenty of free appetizers and side dishes, great music plus receive a Rainbow pin to wear!

Art Show!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008


I'm doing a giveaway! Free Esmerelda mix-tape bangle to the winner of this contest!

All you have to do is post this button somewhere on the internet - it can be in your blog, on a message board, your MySpace profile, upload it to Flickr, post it on your website, just make a link to it in the etsy fora - anywhere! Make sure it links back here! If you're worried about it looking like spam, you can offset that by actually browsing through my blog and letting your readers know a little bit about the blog, and my two etsy shops IvyTeakettle and Aephemera.

Copy this code and paste it somewhere:

Then comment on this entry with your email address and a link to wherever you posted the button, and I'll draw the winner from a hat on the first of May! Good luck!

Monday, April 21, 2008

Idiotic Idioms

Just a few quick announcements - I've moved the Idiotic Idioms blog from LiveJournal onto WordPress. Hop over to the new site and see if you can guess the answer to this week's cartoon!

Also, a couple reminders: The Shirt Factory Final Friday Open House is this Friday, April 25th from 5:00 - 7:00 PM. Come up to the third floor and check out the studio! Also, Janet's bookmaking class is coming up this Saturday, April 26th at 10:00 AM! Register now - seats are extremely limited.

The show is up at Rock Hill Bakehouse Cafe at 19 Exchange Street in Glens Falls. It looks GREAT! Pictures to come. Swing by, grab a coffee, and peep the new art on the walls! Reception is May 15th 5:00 - 7:00 PM.

There's new stuff up on Ivy Teakettle! Then again, that's nothing new - I'm always updating the shop.

As always, see for more information...

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

The Rusty Matcutter & Muses' Gallery

I'm busy getting ready for my next show at Rock Hill Bakehouse. I'll be hanging it April 20th, and the reception is Thursday, May 15th from 5:00 - 7:00 pm. But I want to share a tip with readers about hanging a show - There's a new frame shop in town!

The Rusty Matcutter & Muses' Gallery will be framing a bunch of art for me for this show, and I was really surprised to find that their framing prices came up to just about exactly what it would cost for me to frame something myself! I've been doing my own framing for the two years I've been showing my art, and while I certainly am proud of that fact, it's such a relief to leave the grunt work up to somebody else - especially when I'm not paying anything extra for it! These guys really appreciate the starving artists out there.

Another exciting thing about these guys is that they have a gallery. There's a Figures Show coming up Friday, April 18th from 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm that coincides with shows going on in the Tom Myott Gallery and Dave Francis Studio - all located in The Shirt Factory, at the corner of Cooper and Lawrence Streets in Glens Falls, the same building that houses my studio.

Timeless Comfort, M.C. Huskie

What's even more exciting than the gallery at The Rusty Matcutter is the gift shop, and I'll tell you why - they're carrying my chainmaille jewelry and upcycled bracelets! In time for the May Open House, on Saturday, May 3rd, there will be a display of Ivy Teakettle jewelry. It's especially exciting because presently they are the only brick & mortar store carrying my items. Now you can go in, try things on, and see them in person - and while you're there, peruse the other neat goodies in the gift shop! You can always look in the Ivy Teakettle etsy shop to see what's new, as well - it's updated almost daily.

The Rusty Matcutter and Muses' Gallery is open:
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Stop in and check them out!

Friday, March 28, 2008

Kate E. Austin March Newsletter

Kate E. Austin Newsletter

March 27th, 2008


First things first - Hopefully this isn't coming across as spam. You may have signed up at an art show or event for the newsletter, or perhaps I know you in person or came across your business card and added you to the list. I'll be mailing a newsletter periodically, whenever there’s news to be shared! If at any time you wish to be removed from the newsletter mailing list, reply to this e-mail or write to with "Unsubscribe" in the subject line.


w I’ve launched a new shop on etsy called Ivy Teakettle, where I am selling funky chainmaille jewelry and eco-friendly bags made of “plarn” (plastic yarn upcycled from shopping bags – see my blog for a tutorial!). I’m having so much fun making these items! I’m working on getting some of my work into local shops, so keep an eye out for my work when you’re shopping around town!

w I’ve also established regular studio hours – Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays from 5:00 – 10:00 pm. Of course, my many meetings often conflict with this, so there are exceptions. I’ve got a Google calendar (also on my website under “News”) to keep everyone updated with my schedule, though. Feel free to stop by during studio hours to see what’s new!

w I continue to be busy with North Country Arts Center. We are currently looking for artists and crafters who are interested in our Colors of Fall Arts & Crafts Festival. Be in touch with me or visit for an application!

w I’m also available for custom artwork, custom chainmaille pieces, and web design. See artist Laura Neadle’s website for an example of my work.

w My art blog is still updated weekly, as is the Idiotic Idioms cartoon blog – be sure and bookmark them!


I’m booked right up for 2008! Here’s the list of upcoming events. Keep in mind that I will have some new pieces for each show, so try to make it to all of them so you don’t miss anything!

Kate E. Austin Solo Show at Lake Sunapee Bank

Location: Lake Sunapee Bank, 1995 Route 4, Killington, Vermont

Date: NOW – April 13th 2008

Final Friday Shirt Factory Open House

The last Friday of every month will be an Open House at The Shirt Factory. Stop by to see the studios of artists, painters, potters, stained glass artists, felters, jewelers, fabric artists, pastel artists, woodworkers, and more! There are also shops open – a tea shop, an art supply shop, and a quilting shop, to name a few.

Location: Studio #307, The Shirt Factory, Corner of Cooper & Lawrence Streets, Glens Falls, New York

Dates: Friday, March 28th, 2008

Friday, April 25th, 2008

Friday, May 30th, 2008

Friday, June 27th, 2008

Time: 5:00 – 8:00 pm

Kate E. Austin Solo Show at Rock Hill Bakehouse

Location: Rock Hill Bakehouse, 19 Exchange Street, Glens Falls, New York

Date: April 20thJune 14th 2008

Reception: Thursday, May 15th 2008

Time: 5:00 – 8:00 pm

Kate E. Austin Solo Show at City Hall Gallery

Location: 42 Ridge Street, Glens Falls, New York

Date: July 2008

Reception: Thursday, July 17th 2008

Time: 5:00 – 8:00 pm

Kate E. Austin Solo Show at Ridge Street Coffee Co.

Location: Ridge Street Coffee Co., 1 Ridge Street, Glens Falls, New York

Date: August 2008

Reception: Thursday, August 15th 2008

Time: 5:00 – 8:00 pm

Kate E. Austin Solo Show at The Glen at Hiland Meadows

Location: 39 Longview Drive, Queensbury, New York

Date: October 2008

Reception: Thursday, October 16th 2008

Time: 5:00 – 8:00 pm


To register for a class, please be in touch with me

at 353-2121 or

More information can be found at

Class sizes are limited, so reserve your seat early!

All classes take place at the studio, located at The Shirt Factory, Suite #307 (Third Floor), Corner of Lawrence and Cooper Streets, Glens Falls, New York

How to sell your art or craft online

Date: Saturday, April 12th 2008

Saturday, May 17th 2008

Saturday, June 21st 2008

Time: 10:00 am

Fee: $20

This beginner’s class is for the artist or crafter who is finally ready to part with some of their work. We will cover everything you need to know to start up your own online business, including which websites to use, how to use them, describing your work, shipping, shop policies, promoting, networking, and more.

Introduction to Chainmaille

Date: Saturday, April 19th 2008

Saturday, May 24th 2008

Saturday, June 28th 2008

Time: 10:00 am

Fee: $20 Class fee

$25 Materials fee

Learn the basics of chainmaille – how to make rings, where to purchase supplies, and how to put together a stunning matching bracelet and ring in your choice of colors! All materials are included in this class, and you will leave with a gorgeous piece of jewelry you have made yourself! Students are asked to bring two sets of pliers and to reserve their seat by April 5th.

Bookbinding class with Janet Nolin

Date: Saturday, April 26th 2008

(Keep current on the website for May and June dates!)

Time: 10:00 am

Fee: $20 Class fee

$25 Materials fee

All materials are included in this class! Walk in with nothing, walk out with a beautiful handmade journal and all the skills and information you need to make more! Class is led by Janet Nolin of ButterflyGrace Creations.


Hope to see you at one of the classes or upcoming shows!

Please keep the following sites bookmarked as they’re all updated at least weekly: – My website – My online store for my artwork – My online store for jewelry and bags – My blog – Goofy cartoons, updated every Monday



Wednesday, March 26, 2008


Well, I learned something today. You can't go two days in a row making chainmaille for five hour stretches. At least, not with dollar-store pliers. Let me tell you, my wrists are killing me! On the up side, I've got a bunch of jewelry that I'm in such love with, though... Wouldn't bother me terribly if nobody bought it and I could keep it for myself! Here's my new favourite item, the Aphrodite Earrings (click the picture to see the listing and the rest of my shop):

After a whining session on the etsy forums, I decided to invest in some new pliers. I don't want to end up with carpal tunnel, here. I just ordered these ergonomic ones from etsy user MailleEtc. I'll let you know how it goes!

Friday, March 21, 2008

New shop on etsy!

I didn't like the flea-market look of my original etsy store, aephemera with the art AND crafts, so I made a separate one for the crafts! I've got my plarn and upcycled purses there, my chainmaille jewelry, and I'll be selling supplies too. Now aephemera is just for art, and ivyteakettle is just for bags and baubles. Check it out!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

What I made Friday Night

I finally had a day away from meetings, so I spent some time in the studio...

This purse is listed in my etsy shop right now and is made from plarn, reinforced with pink cord.

This one is made from cut-up strips of scrap fabric, crocheted together and upcycled into the height of trashion. I'll be listing it soon.

I also made two chainmaille bracelets:


Friday, March 14, 2008

Red Cross Art Auction

Last night was the Art Auction at the Queensbury Hotel to benefit the Adirondack/Saratoga Chapter of the Red Cross. They collected Windows and handed them out to local artists to decorate with the theme "Windows on the Adirondacks". I made one - pictures 1 2 3 4. They did a good job of advertising, a mass mailer, lots of posters and even went through the work of putting all the images up on their website.

However, the hors d'oeuvres were lacking, the drinks were expensive, and most importantly, the auction seemed to be mainly attended by the artists themselves, not necessarily patrons of the arts with fat wallets. Of course I love events where I can meet socially with my fellow artists, but the "starving artist" title isn't ironic - it's true.

No art went for more than $250, I believe, which is an insult to the artists - the time spent on some of these is worth thousands of dollars per window. There were windows sold for a dollar. There were a total of 112 windows, which makes for a very impressive show, but also for an excruciatingly long auction. The fee to even get in to the auction was $35, which is steep, in my opinion. I think that if it was lower, more people would have come to the auction and bid, and also that people attending would have been a little more excited to spend money if they hadn't already dropped a chunk of it at the door. The fact that the auctioneer didn't know much about art and had to practically beg people to bid was very nerve-wracking to me as an artist. The entire time, I was mortified that my painting was going to be insulted and then sold for a dollar.

To my relief, mine found a good home with Post Star photographer TJ Hooker. HUGE thanks, TJ! Here are the pictures TJ took for the Post Star.

I couldn't help but think that there must be more efficient fundraisers that aren't as frightening to artists. As is, art isn't the most thriving business - there is a very small percentage of the population who cares enough about art to make it to such events, and an even smaller percentage of that percentage that can afford to pay a fair price for artwork. The auction was impressive as an art show, but I feel badly that the Red Cross (and the artists donating their work) put so much work in for so little return.

Of course, with Glens Falls striving to cater to a more sophisticated and cultural audience, perhaps the next charity auction in this town will be better than the last few.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

March Madness & Blog features

My studiomate Casey the Candy Thief and I have decided we're doing a CLOTHING CHALLENGE this month! She made a flickr group - so anyone can participate! This week is all about wearing the clothes in the back of your closet that you never wear. Joining flickr is free - check out the group at!

In the past week, I've been featured on THREE different blogs:
No Ordinary Moment on 3/7,
Making a House a Home on 3/10,
and this one that's affiliated with the Post Star:
Getting Greener today, 3/11!!!

Monday, March 10, 2008

Plarn for sale...

A few people on LiveJournal requested the plarn itself when I posted the tutorial, so I just wanted to put it out there that I've now got plarn for sale in my etsy shop! I've been working on some chainmaille jewelry too, so keep an eye on the shop for that.

Monday, March 3, 2008

How to make "plarn"

I've been making "plarn" - plastic yarn out of grocery bags - and thought I'd share with you how I've been doing it.

Here's a video tutorial:

(Music is "Prince Charming" by Jim's Big Ego.)

And if you prefer to see still shots, here's a Flickr photoset showing you how-to!

Start with a flattened plastic grocery bag. It's better if it's kind of flimsy.

Fold one side to the middle.

Then fold the other side to the middle.

Fold it again.

One more time.

Cut off the handles and recycle them.

Cut off the bottom of the bag and recycle it.

Cut the rest into strips. How big the strips are depends on how thick or thin you want your plarn to be. It doesn't have to be exact.

Unfold one of the strips into a loop.

Lay two loops down, one over the other.

Fold one of the loops up over the other one.

Then bring that loop through itself.

Pull it tight! If it breaks, just recycle it and use a new loop.

You can make a whole bunch of it at once, or just add on loops as you go to form a pattern.

I made this purse out of it!

...And this hideous hat.