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INSTA-LESS UPDATE + STUDIO HAPPENINGS

Katie Berman

 

As most of you know, I’ve been taking a break from instagram.
I thought I’d let you know how it’s going, what things I’m learning and the work that has come out of it! 

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From a personal perspective:

I don’t experience as much fomo. 
The relief that I feel from being a little less connected is kind of mind blowing. I found that I don’t need to go to or know about every show or shop opening or movie release or pop-up market. The pressure to always be doing is off. By scrolling less, I find myself making time to do more of the things I like. Plus, you can’t feel left out when you didn’t know what happened in the first place, am I right? 

From a business perspective:

Growth is still happening without using instagram.
How can this be? Instagram is the driving force for all things, right? Wrong. Though my growth is small, it’s still growth! My website is still getting traffic, my newsletter list is growing each month and I’m still getting contacted for work. And at the end of the day, that’s what I’m trying to do here— make a livelihood and get jobs from my art, not get more likes on an app.

For my fellow creative entrepreneurs needing a break from social media and thinking about taking a sabbatical from instagram-- do it! Your business and world won’t end. Just make sure you can be found in other ways, like on your own website.

From an artwork perspective:

I’m making work that I love.
Without all of the noise and constant content that I’m seeing from other makers, I’m able to dig deep, get a little weird and make work that I’m really invested in. Work like this:

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I feel that I am finally producing work that speaks to my aesthetic and is truly birthed out of my passions. So much of my heart is toward creating work in a responsible way-- using the materials that I have and giving second-hand materials new, beautiful life. These pieces are made with that passion in mind. All of the materials are second-hand or materials I’ve had in my stash for years. Talk about stash busting! (ps. Got a stash to bust? Read up on my tips and tricks for stash busting like a champ here.)

I’m not constantly comparing myself to other makers and artists around me or creating work with “is this instagram worthy or sellable?” in mind. What a pleasant surprise. 

This is turning into a body of work that I’m so stoked about. I’m sure I’ll be making pieces like these until I run out of my hand-dyed avocado tassels, ha!

That being said, these works and others like them will be making their way into a shop update in October.

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INSPIRATION STATION: STASH BUSTING WITH NATURAL DYES

Katie Berman

If you’ve hung around me long, you know that “stash busting” has been the buzzphrase around my studio this year.
I have so. much. material and I’m looking for ways to use it up. 

 
 

Over the past few weeks, I decided to tackle a bag of rope that has been sitting on my yarn shelf for too many years. This is leftover rope from a few commissions I did years back. Optic white yarn is usually not in my personal color spectrum, which is why I think this bag that’s the size of a small child has been on my shelf for so darn long... 

But then I remembered an equally large bag of avocado skins I’ve also had stashed way in my studio. Pair these two up and I’ve got a big ole bag of pale pink and brown rope that does fit into my personal color wheel!

My bag of rope dyed with avocados skins.

My bag of rope dyed with avocados skins.

How did this happen?!

How did this happen?!

 

With a little imagination and a lot of shredding and combing out rope, this is I’m using this naturally dyed rope for:
Lots and lots of tassels!

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I’ve been featuring these in my latest works and it’s been the most fun. Stash busting for the win!

So if you’re stuck with how to use up some materials in your stash, think about changing the color.
Over-dye it, bleach it, paint on it, what have you! 

Check out more of my tips on how to stash bust like a boss here.
And if dyeing things with avocado skins strikes your fancy,
you can read up on my tips for dyeing with this amazing food waste here

Happy making!