We're a Little Bit Trashy
Tornado Dreams was a dream come true, and I am so happy its over too! What a project that was! Now that my life back to a few things going at once instead like 10, I have managed to begin another project and envision future endeavors. The flash project is about to roll out in its first newsletter tomorrow am, and will consist of tattooable designs that can be done multiple times in a lot of cases. I will offer one sheet of these pieces every week, offering them up on a first-come, frost-serve basis. Get on board.
Check out the webshop, I have products! Books, Tees, prints, and fine art!
Travels are happening! I've been fortunate this year to work in a lot creative mediums, guest spot at Classic Tattoo in Austin, and soon I will be working in Berlin, Germany and Portland, OR. Keep an eye on the news here for that update.
Good lord, I thought I wrote about this here but apparently not!
So, I just returned from Sweden and Germany, where I did some installation work on an ISLAND near Stockholm, called Ideas Island. This project was such a incredible opportunity, and I couldne be happier with the result. I built a nest, a brought in a bird, and together we made art come to life. The nest will remain on Ideas Island and I'm hoping to return next year to tidy it up and build another piece there.
The concept was born of my stream of consciousness project, an illustrative design process that conjures itself from my current experience, emotionally, socially, and contemplatively. Over the last 3 years, they were born out some tough realizations that ultimately thrust me forward, ensuring growth and release. Eventually I shared the work, and to my surprise, they had a captive audience. Since I am a tattoo artist as well as a mixed fine artist, I was asked to tattoo these works. I had to figure a way in justifying the process of having others wear my (most often inspired by) emotional pain. The potential recipients would write a short essay about their connection with a particular piece, and I would grant it as a tattoo only once, to a recipient that seemed to redeem the work in its reception, through their translation, thus transforming them into a positive. This is the beauty of interpretative works.
After a few years, the drawings became less, a testament to my personal progress I feel.
This leads me to Ideas Island.
While a book of my stream of consciousness pieces is being published at home, a new concept was born there. To bring some of the themes to life! I brought in a friend from Berlin to model for me, as one of the "bird beaked" figures, liberated.
Now I will pursue opportunities that allow me to build and produce a body of work that transcends flesh and paper, and demonstrates a deeper connection to waking life.
Model: Mascha Lagnia
Installation and photo by yours truly.
More to come on this project!
a multi series exhibit of works by Katharine M Dearwester
Saturday, September 2nd, 2017
Spiritus Tattoo Studio
3127 N High Street
Columbus, OH 43202
This exhibit is made of 5 different series-related mixed media works, pertaining to the (ongoing) Stream of Consciousness (illustrations),
Little Loners series (illustrations), HELL IS REAL mixed media series, raw materials installation, and homage to 21 years as a professional tattoo artist.
There are 2 books in the works for the illustrative work, which will be made available, along with limited edition prints.
Keep an eye out for presale of books and contests.
A Facebook event page has been set up for current news about the show, you can find that HERE.
Hope to see you there!
The Femme Flash project is a one-page thematic sheet of available tattoo designs inspired by feminism. Partial proceeds from each tattooed piece will go toward an organization specific to women's issues of the recipients choosing. These will be noted on social media to bring awareness to a cause, the organizations, and to the individuals that support them.
These are flash pieces, which means they'll be tattooed more than once. The idea here is to generate funds for charitable organizations, so this will be an ongoing project, no time limit.
When you email, be sure to state which piece (or pieces), and the organization you wish to donate partial proceeds to. These will make great gifts too ;)
I've created a few designs that might need a little translating.
Top left: this is a combination of shapes commonly used to describe female body types, as one. i.e.: oval, square, hourglass, triangle, inverted triangle
Inverted teardrop shape just below it: plain and simple, a clitoris.
Wrench: I'd love for this idea to catch on, be "a wrench in the works" of the system!
Chevron: Sacred feminine symbol, with a drop of blood.
I don't think the others need explaining but please ask away if you are unclear.
Since opening my book up for 2017 a couple of weeks ago, I'm nearly about too close them again, booking further out than I usually like to go. I have 10 available days to book before I announce that I'll be closing them for the time being. So if you're looking to get in, now is the time to contact me. Please be aware that I'm strictly filtering concepts, only taking on projects I'm particularly excited about, and to be honest, that's as ever-changing as anything, I just feel it out in the emails.
There are about to be big changes at the Spiritus studio. Mike Moses, co-owner and friend, will be moving on to his own business venture @cauldron_tattoo, and to remain in Columbus. I'll be revising my own business concept for the Spiritus space and all will be announced in the next few months. I have been tattooing for 20 years now, and by now, I'm certain that I thrive in a private studio setting. For some time, I've had the desire to be of better service to my community, so this the direction I'm looking to go. Spiritus is about to turn 4 years old, it's been a good run, and a great springboard for Mike and I. I'm excited to see how we both develop, and I am grateful for the experience of Spiritus. Onward, upward, outward, forever.
I've just set up a new IG for my streams, other drawings, announcements, and everything in brief. Check out @muscagallery for those, soon to be posted, originals. By now, almost all will be unavailable, but perhaps inspiring and it'll be a great way to follow the series. I will be posting teasers there as well for upcoming available pieces. It'll remain a private profile, and I'll be expecting, hoping, for engagement. Blind following with a lack of engagement is just kind of lame, isn't it?
Thanks for visiting, for your support, and Happy New Year.
I'm very excited to have another female artist at our studio next week. Georgina hails from the UK, and will be here visiting. I know I can't keep myself from a working vacation, and I'm very excited to host her. Take a look at her work via social media @georginaliliane and Facebook: Facebook.com/georginatattoo.
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Spiritus is looking to hire a couple of experienced and top notch tattooers to join our crew! You must have at least 3 years tattooing experience at a reputable studio, positive, fun attitude, and offer a unique style of quality work. We are also welcoming guest artists at our studio for the year 2017. Please spread the word to those who might be interested.
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2016 was a busy year, but I suppose it was no less busy than any other. It looked a lot different, trying out different styles in custom work, spending 6 days a month for 6 months in Amish country building a permanent outdoor installation (a first for me), and trying to focus on my stream of consciousness work. The streams come from all sorts of places, some not so great, but there's a always lesson to be learned. It's been a big year indeed, and I produced many of them out of it.
It was a turning point for me personally. I can say with confidence that I got past a lot of shit and feel like this year was a wrap, right to the core of it. I know its been a rough one for a lot of people, and the way I see it now, if only today, is that you've got one life to live and whatever is left is yours to do with as you please, so don't waste your time on the opinions of sheep, comparisons, and living in a tiny bubble. The Earth is a big place, much bigger than your small town, your little dramas, and your internal dialogue. Get out there and experience it, don't even document it, just be there in it.
In 2017, you can expect from me a whole new schedule. I plan to dedicate 7 days a month to custom work, 7 days to streams, and 7 days to fine art. In order to do all the things I want to do, I really have to plan right. I've got some great travels coming up, the stream of consciousness exhibit, and finally, a book. I have a mixed media series that's been in the works for a few years that I also plan to exhibit once and for all as well. So stick around, and I'll be sharing all that information as it comes together.
Thank you for checking in on me, I mostly appreciate the experience of connecting with anyone in my chair, anyone that feels connected to any of my work, hearing your story, and realizing together that our encounter is never an accident.
Over the course of 6 months from late spring to early fall, 2016, I created a permanent outdoor installation on the grounds of the Open Air Art Museum in Holmes County, Ohio.
This piece was unveiled on October 6th, 2016. A most beautiful day and wonderful turnout of support, I couldn't have asked for a better experience. I have the attendees to thank, Jordan Calame of curatorial expertise, Jason Nies of the Inn at Honey Run, and the Corron team of documentarians. Soon I will have footage of the exhibit, but here's a nice snapshot of the opening night. The woods were illuminated, the sound of inner clockwork rang through the woods to create an all sensory experience, and Being Time was lit up for the first time for all guests to view.
It was an incredible experience top say the least.
My book is closed to all custom work for 2016. I will announce in early December for openings in early 2017. Until then, I will dedicate my time to stream of consciousness drawings (which I will offer as tattoos), other art projects, and travels. Thank you for your support.
Earlier this year, I was commissioned to create an installation for The Inn at Honey Run for their Open Air Art Museum in Holmes County, Millersburg, Ohio. I had the privilege of staying at the Inn 6 days a month since April to work on this project, and to explore the area as I gathered inspiration for it. It's been transformative, in too many ways to list, and soon this project draws to a close as October 1st is the deadline for this piece.
This brings me to the official opening. I have titled this piece "Being Time", as it's the latter half of the day, the PM hours, and the end cap of the trail at the Inn at Honey Run and their Open Air Art Museum. You will walk through the timepiece, as you ARE time.
Please join us for an evening of German cuisine made especially for this event by the head chef at the Inn, an unveiling of the work, chock full of great symbolism, and drinks afterward. You may book for dinner tickets and/or accommodations HERE
During the first week go June, I will be doing work with individuals at the Springfield Juvenile Detention Center. I have enlisted the help of 5 local artists, illustrators, and tattooers to join me each day while we draw with those currently housed at the facility on Converse All-Stars to design a unique pair of shoes that will commemorate their time and progress in the program. This project is created by the facility art coordinator of SJDC. I will be sharing progress that week here, blogging about it, and photographing some of the shoes as we make these pieces with them. This will be great experience to do create work with them.
I've been commissioned to create a permanent installation project at the Inn at Honey Run in Millersburg, OH as a contribution to the Holmes County Open Air Museum.
This project will be a 6 month construction to be completed by October 1st, 2016.
In short, the installation will be a cuckoo clock construction to serve as an end-cap made from organic materials found on the grounds of the Inn at Honey Run. I will be sharing progress here as I go along, and will be enlisting the help of a variety of artists throughout the course of the project to serve as an additional contribution to the creative variety and quality of the work.
All are welcome at the open air museum, so feel free to walk the grounds, view progress and process as I go along. There are many local attractions and its a beautiful drive, just 2 hours northeast of Columbus, OH.
I'm sorry, but I am now booked for this trip, however, feel free to email in the event that there is a cancellation.