Meet Kate Kehoe, our artist of the week. Kate is from Ann Arbor and has been crafting seriously for 13 years, but she has been interested in the visual arts since childhood. She is drawn to found and repurposed objects. In her photographs, she calls attention to the beauty in street graffiti, abandoned buildings, and construction sites. Her recycled album art uses pieces of pop culture history to turn items past their prime into useful and fun accessories. And her latest venture, inspired by some of the best lines ever spoken...quote magnets, coasters, notepads, and prints. What makes your artwork unique or distinctive?
I really like to connect art with people's pasts. I love hearing people talk about their favorite bands and about the memories of listening to their music. And with the quote items, I get a giddy feeling when they find one that fits just what they are feeling at the moment. Or they find one that makes them laugh when they are feeling down. I tend to say that my work goes from "the silly to the beautiful" and I think it really does run the gamut.
I have almost always been crafty and it wasn't until I got sick with mono and I was forced to slow down that I started producing things in greater quantities. That was followed by friends wanting to buy what I was making. That encouraged me to try shows and selling online.What do you most love about the creative process?
Quotes you love or live by:
So many to choose from!
"I'll take crazy over stupid any day." -- Joss Whedon
"The Universe is under no obligation to make sense to you." -- Neil deGrasse Tyson
"I'm sick of following my dreams. I'm just going to ask them where they're goin', and hook up with them later." -- Mitch HedbergYou can find lots of Kate's crafty creations at Yellow Door and online. Stay tuned for more fun and interesting info about Kate all week!
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