We are always happy to have a chat with charming local maker Emily Katz. As always in this interview series we are examining the intersection between creative and healing practices and the plants that surround us. Emily is currently traveling the world teaching macrame workshops, learning about energy healing, art directing and styling photo shoots, hosting dinners and events, collaborating on interior design projects and products, and dreaming up the next adventure. If you are interested in collaborating, or want to host a workshop please contact her! (above photo by Weaver House)
1. What motivates you to do the work that you do?
I love inspiring people to be their best selves. To live beautifully and simply. In my creative work, I am helping to empower people to make beautiful handmade things to surround themselves with, and to live with more intention.
2. Do you use plants in your work and if so, how?
I use them in that I make macrame hangers for them, and I also paint them and embroider them into my artwork. I love living with plants. We have over 100 different ones in our home. I also use them for fun projects, like the one I describe below!
3. What are the tools of your trade that you couldn't live without?
Scissors. Instagram, The creative (and worldwide) community of amazing makers.
4. What do you turn towards for inspiration? If you include books, artists, other makers, music, etc can you include some links?
My partner in life and inspiration Adam who runs Goldenruledesign. Pinterest.
Honestly, I am most inspired by people doing beautiful things in my community and doing them well. Like you guys!
5. Please include 1 instructional for a quick project someone reading this could incorporate into their own lives. This can be a creative exercise, visualization, recipe, or a literal how to)
HOW TO MAKE A BOKCHOY ROSETTE TEA TOWEL
For my fashion show entitled IN THE FLOWER MONTHS, I created a collection of embroidered dresses and separates for dreamy women. I made a print by cutting off the bottom of a bok choy and using the rosette to stamp the fabric with fabric ink .
cotton tea towel, or pillowcase! or nice fabric
block printing roller
Baby bokchoy is the best. one that is nice a fresh and has tightly packed leaves.
Cut off the bottom where they join together, about 2 inches from the base.
Take your ink and roll the "stamp" with a roller, you can get one at any art store for block printing, apply a consistent amount of ink
press the bokchoy stamp onto the fabric and hold down for a few seconds before reapplying!