Kathy is based in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A. Trained as a landscape architect, she has conducted an independent study of textile processes, particularly surface design on cloth, for over 20 years.  Her explorations have led to work with a variety of textile print, resist and stitch processes, as well as traditional and laminated ("nuno") felting for both wearable and non-wearable applications. She draws on numerous influences and is particularly inspired by the myriad textures and processes found in nature, including the fibrous containers and interfaces created by plants and animals (including humans) for protection, nourishment and transformation.  

In addition to designing and producing textiles and fiber art, Kathy writes, teaches and presents on a variety of fiber-related topics, including "nuno" felting and other slow textile techniques.

Kathy Colt
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.

Representation (Art/Interior):

Atlanta Area:  Markay Gallery - Marietta, Georgia

Education

1992-present – Independent Study – surface and 3-d design with emphasis on textiles and fibers

1992 – Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, University of Georgia

Shows and Exhibitions

Art & Decorative Fiber:

2017
-Swan Summer Invitational, Swan Coach House Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia
 2016
- Focus on Fiber, Sacramento Fine Arts Center; Carmichael, California (Juror: Ana Lisa Hedstrom)
2015
- GreenHill Winter Show, GreenHill Arts Center, Greensboro, North Carolina
- Hambidge Fall Invitational, Hambidge Center, Rabun Gap, Georgia
- Swan Summer Invitational, Swan Coach House Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia
- American Craft Council Show,  Atlanta, GA. Decorative Fiber category
2014
- American Craft Council Show,  San Francisco, CA.  Decorative Fiber category
2013
- In the Mind’s Eye, Chattahoochee Biennial of Textiles, Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art, Marietta, Georgia (Juror: Catharine Ellis)
- fiberARTlanta, An invitational group exhibition sponsored & curated by the Southeast Fiber Arts Alliance.  Presented at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation-Atlanta
2010
- Inspirations from Nature, Blue Ridge Fiber Show, An International Biennial Celebration of Fiber Arts.  Asheville, North Carolina (Juror: Lisa Klakuluk)
2009
- Extreme Threads: Works in Fiber, Stitch and Surface, A group show of work from members of the Surface Design Association, Georgia Chapter

Wearable:

2013-2015
- Art to Wear Pop-up Show,  Signature Contemporary Craft Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia
2010-2012
- Euclid Arts Collective - Holiday Studio Tour and Sale,  Guest of Ceramic Artist Michelle Jordan
2011
- Bloom: Flowers of a Different Nature, Globe Gallery. Clayton, Georgia
- Jekyll Island Arts Association, Summer Group Show, Jekyll Island, Georgia
2010
- Inspirations from Nature, Blue Ridge Fiber Show, An International Biennial Celebration of Fiber Arts.  Asheville, North Carolina (Juror: Lisa Klakuluk)
2006-2009
- Big Angel Blowout (2006-2008) and "White Spec" Whitespace gallery adjunct (2009).  Holiday Art & Craft shows curated by Susan Bridges

Awards/Honors:

2014
- Make Room: Let's Entertain, American Craft Council Show, San Francisco.  One of a group of 5 featured artists in a series of interior installations featuring the coupling of craft and interior design.  Invitational collaboration with Interior Design professional, Jiun Ho.
2010
- Blue Ridge Fiber Show, First Place: Wearable & Decorative Felt categories (Juror: Lisa Klakulak)

Artisan Textile Consulting & Related

Teaching:

- 2016 - Georgia State University Textile Lab; Guest Instructor - 2-day "nuno felting" presentation and workshop
- 2014-Present: Weekend immersion workshop series on surface design/pattern layering on cloth with an emphasis on thickened fiber reactive dyes
- 2010-Present: Weekend immersion and 1-day intensive workshops on laminated felting (“nuno felting”)

Presenting:

Slow Textiles: A Whirlwind Survey (8-week, 1-hour/session lecture series)
   2010 Osher Center for Lifelong Learning, Emory University - 
Textural Variations – The Expressive Range of Laminated Felting (c. 1.5 hour talk with images):
   -2010 Chattahoochee Handweavers Guild
   -2011 Georgia State University (GSU Textile Studio Guest Presenter)
   -2011 Textile Appreciation Society of Atlanta (TASA)
   -2013 Atlanta Silk Painters

Writing:

2009-Present - Web Log: Kathy Colt/Artisan Textiles (essays)
2011 - Guest Blogger, Dancing With Kudzu: Kudzu Weaving in North Georgia (http://www.kudzuweaving.com/2011/08/lessons-in-sustainability.html and a short about kudzu processing at http://www.kudzuweaving.com/p/about-kudzu-fiber.html)

Other Activities:

2012 to Present - Designer/Maker/Owner Micro Artisan Apparel Line, Petal-Una Collection (www.petalunacollection.com)