Customer Spotlight: Kathy Blondell, Fiber Artist

We are thrilled to share with you some of the works of the ever talented fiber artist, Kathy Blondell. Kathy has been a long time customer of Bolt and we are always so happy when we get to see her work in person. The details are remarkable. After seeing what she did with one of our black and cream prints, I knew I had to share her work with you all. I hope you enjoy our interview and the photos.

This is originally a two tone (black/cream) fabric! Felt is used as an interliner.

This is originally a two tone (black/cream) fabric! Felt is used as an interliner.

We’d love to know a bit about your history as a sewist. Are you a life-long sewist or did you discover it as an adult?

Sewing has been a great influence since I was very young.  I started out on my grandmother’s treadle sewing machine.  When I was 6, I received a toy sewing machine for Christmas and began making doll clothes.  I then graduated to my mothers Singer Featherweight and began making my own clothing.  By the time I reached high school, I purchased my first machine, continuing with my own clothing.  Later, I began tailoring for others and expanded into home decorating items and eventually quilting.  I began quilting using traditional patterns, then branching out with my own experimentation.  

I have dabbled in many creative endeavors.  Painting, ceramic, welding, mosaic, collage, but, sewing has been a consistent companion in my life.


What are some of your favorite fabrics or materials to work with and favorite projects to create?

Fabrics are tactile and can be manipulated in a variety of ways, dyeing, discharging color, overprinting.  I primarily use commercial cotton and linen fabric, branching into wool and occasional silk, paper and plastic. 

My work is often colorful and very detailed.  With an interest in contemporary Folk Art, some of my favorite pieces are simpler designs using more textured fabrics.   I’m now branching into 3-D quilted fiber art, it’s a challenge to experiment with different construction techniques and take this craft to a new level.  Inspiration is derived from many sources.

We love to hear about locals’ favorite spots in town. What are some of your favorite haunts?

 Portland Art Museum and various galleries/Artist’s Open Studios. The coast and Columbia River Gorge, backcountry roads.  Cinema 21 and Living Room Theaters for independent and doc. films.  Late night pulled pork from Devils Dill, Meat Cheese Bread’s Turkey sandwich and bread pudding, tacos from Porque No.  Spicy margaritas from Nuestra Coccina.  

And details on the current show you can catch with Kathy's work. It's running through November 7th, so act fast!

The new MIX group show in Lincoln City encompasses 3 seasons of work.  Each grouping is consistent with theme and size for continuity.

It’s a very colorful and exciting show.  Especially, with the addition of the 3-D work on display.