Katrina Rodabaugh: Artist, Writer, and Crafter Working Across Disciplines to Explore Environmental and Social Issues Through Traditional Craft TechniquesFrancescaPalange
Katrina Rodabaugh is an artist, writer, and crafter working across disciplines to explore environmental and social issues through traditional craft techniques. Mostly, she rethinks the relationship between fiber art, sustainability, and slow fashion. Since August 2013 she’s been on a fashion fast, Make Thrift Mend, to focus on mending, plant dyes, and prioritizing handmade or secondhand garments instead of buying new clothing. She also grows, forages, and harvests dye plants near her farmhouse in the Hudson Valley.
Her work has appeared in galleries, magazines, theaters, books, juried craft fairs, and alternative arts venues like the tiny house her husband built out of reclaimed materials. She published her first book, The Paper Playhouse, in January 2015 and her second book, Mending Matters, with Abrams Books in October 2018. She’s received artist awards, grants, and residencies from the Vermont Studio Center, Zellerbach Family Foundation, Puffin Foundation, Creative Capacity Fund, and InstarLodge among others. Her now-retired blog, Made by Katrina, won the Country Living Magazine Blue Ribbon Blogger Award.
She holds a BA in Environmental Studies and an MFA in Creative Writing but she’s been working with arts organizations and making fiber arts for two decades. In 2013, shortly after the Rana Plaza garment factory collapsed in Dhaka Bangladesh, she combined her work and passions into one project, Make Thrift Mend. This project allows her to use her various training in sustainability, fiber arts, writing, and community organizing with a single focus on sustainable fashion.
She’s originally from Horseheads, NY, then spent two decades between Brooklyn, NY; San Francisco, CA; and Oakland, CA before returning to Upstate NY in 2015. She now lives in the Hudson Valley two hours north of Manhattan, with her artist husband and their two beautiful sons. They’re slowly renovating a 200-year-old farmhouse and converting the adjacent carriage barn into art studios. They’re building a homestead by planting fruit trees, establishing gardens, tending dye plants, and raising chickens and bees.
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