Thursday, October 8, 2015
Friday, October 2, 2015
|'Trillium' brooch 2" diameter, sterling silver, gouache,|
paper, glass lens, Kathleen Faulkner
I remember finding trilliums in the woods and being thrilled: the Find. Now one can buy the plants at nurseries and plant them in the shady part of the yard.
Friday, September 25, 2015
Sunday, September 20, 2015
|'Indicator Species Series: Whooping Cranes' post earrings,|
1.5" diameter, sterling silver, paper, ink, watercolor, colored
pencil, mica; Kathleen Faulkner
Whooping cranes are the tallest North American birds. They're named after their sound, they can live up to 30 years and they are endangered.
Because of unregulated hunting and loss of habitat, at one time, there were as few as 21. Now, thanks to conservation efforts, there is a limited recovery: around 437 as of 2011.
Whooping cranes are an indicator species of wetland health.
“Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children's children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.”
― Theodore Roosevelt
― Theodore Roosevelt
Sunday, September 13, 2015
|'Indicator Species Series: Mussels' 2.5" diameter, sterling|
silver, paper, colored pencil, mica; Kathleen Faulkner
'An indicator species is any biological species that defines a trait or characteristic of the environment. For an example, a species may delineate an ecoregion or indicate an environmental condition such as a disease outbreak, pollution, species competition or climate change. Indicator species can be among the most sensitive species in a region, and sometimes act as an early warning to monitoring biologists.'
Here is a short list:
Mussels, clams and oysters are susceptible to toxins, pollutants and minute changes in environmental conditions.
Mosses often indicate acid soil.
The northern spotted owl indicates old growth forests.
Lichens are indicators of low air pollution.
Tubificid worms are indicators of sewage seepage. (does Victoria, Canada have an abundance of these?)
Adult frogs and toads absorb through their skin and are indicators of water pollution.
Salmon are an indicator species for wetland ecosystems
Non-Alaskan grizzly bears are indicators of mountain ecosystems, measuring the health and diversity of the ecosystem.
In the pacific northwest, the environmental health of estuaries is monitored by the indicator species of eel grass.
Kelp is a foundation species and can be used as an indicator of other species occurring in the environment.
Maybe this is something you'll give a little thought to as you go about your day.
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
|'Indicator Species Series: Illuminated Kelp'|
18 - 20" chain, 2 - 2.5" diameter discs
Neckpiece, sterling silver, paper, gouache,
watercolor, glass lenses; Kathleen Faulkner
Sunday, August 23, 2015
Sunday, August 16, 2015
|'Indicator Species Series: Northern Spotted Owl'|
4x3" Brooch/Pendant, gouache, paper, mica,
sterling silver, Kathleen Faulkner; photo by
I am invited to be in the show, 'Signs of Life' at Facere Jewelry Art Gallery in Seattle October 7th through the 27th, 2015.
This show features the work of nine jewelry artists, each paired with a writer picked by the gallery. The journal, 'Signs of Life' combines stories with jewelry art and is in conjunction with the exhibit.
I don't know yet, who the writers are. I'm really looking forward to it all.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Sunday, July 26, 2015
Sunday, July 19, 2015
|in progress 4x3' linocut; Kathleen Faulkner|
I'm almost finished with the linocut. The fish and some clean up are all that is left.
Information on this project can be found here, and in this video by Jef Morlan:
STEAMROLLER PRINTMAKING Jeff Morlan
Anacortes Arts Festival 2011
Sunday, July 5, 2015
|in process 4x3' lino; Kathleen Faulkner|
Friday I will be printing mine. Saturday and Sunday I will be in the print booth helping others make their own smaller version. Maybe I'll see you there.
Sunday, June 28, 2015
|in process: linocut 4x3' Kathleen Faulkner|
It's almost time for STEAMROLLER PRINTMAKING!
Anacortes Arts Festival has, once again, invited a group of artists to participate in this fun event. This will be our third year. We will be printing all three days: August 7th through the 9th, 10 to 5pm down by the port dock on Commercial Ave. It's quite a sight to watch.
As you can see, I have a lot left to do. I'd better get to work!
Sunday, June 21, 2015
|'After the Rains' 16x20" oil pastel, charcoal; Kathleen Faulkner|
I am so pleased to announce two shows in July.
Becky Fletcher, Chris Theiss and I will be showing at Smith Vallee Gallery in Edison, WA July 3rd through the 26th, opening July 11th, 5-8pm.
Also, I am honored to be showing with Margy Lavelle, Allen Moe, Heidi Epstein and Michael Clough in 'Convergence: 5 Skagit Artists' at the Virginia Inn in Seattle, WA. The show runs July 2nd through the month of August. The opening is July 2nd, 5 - 8pm.
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
|Earrings, calcite, sterling silver; Kathleen Faulkner|
Once upon a time, while hiking up in the northern New Mexico mountains, we came upon an old calcite mine. It had been closed for years but the rock was scattered everywhere. The sun, filtering through the trees, and a slight breeze made those rocks sparkle.
I felt like I was in a dream as I sat on the ground picking up pieces of rock. The day, the sun, the smells of pine and pinion and all these beautiful stones sparkling like diamonds..
Calcite comes from the shells of dead marine organisms. That means that at one time, long ago, that area in Northern New Mexico was ocean.
Many things have come from those bones of the dead: cement, limestone, marble, medicines, fertilizer and the most amazing of all: lenses. The now extinct trilobite used clear calcite crystals to form the lenses of their eyes.
All that and more from shells.
Imagine what we haven't discovered yet
what we don't know.
Sunday, June 14, 2015
|'Branching Out' brooch 7x3" coral, sterling silver; |
I found several odd shaped branches and wondered what I should do with them.
One thing led to another and, before I knew it, I had a slew of stick pins. Then I decided to draw the sticks. Then I remembered this piece of coral.
I guess you could say that I'm branching out.
|'Stick' pins various sizes, wood, sterling silver;|
|'Stick' pin gouache, mica,|
sterling silver; Kathleen Faulkner
|'Stick Pin, Too' gouache, mica|
sterling silver; Kathleen Faulkner
Sunday, June 7, 2015
Sunday, May 31, 2015
Sunday, May 24, 2015
|'An Early Summer' 12x12" oil pastel, charcoal; Kathleen Faulkner|
mud / med
*n. soft, sticky matter resulting from the mixing of earth and water.
Other words for mud include slobber, mire, ooze, muck, silt, slabber, slutch, lutulence, sloshiness and slushiness.
Mycobacterium vaccae, found in mud, is thought to be an anti-depressant.
Mice fed with mycobacterium vaccae from mud can navigate mazes twice as fast as usual.
and, never forget:
"He who slings mud generally loses ground." Adlai E Stevenson
Sunday, May 17, 2015
Sunday, May 10, 2015
|'Fertile Field' 14x18" oil pastel, charcoal; Kathleen Faulkner|
One can always tell the roundup fields from the others. Everything is orange.
This one is deep and dark ready to feed us and no harm done.
I've been thinking a lot about this field, so black and fertile.
After awhile, one's environment starts having an impact.
Sunday, May 3, 2015
Sunday, April 26, 2015
Monday, April 20, 2015
Saturday, April 4, 2015
It is an inspired journey from the west side heading east.
We are blessed.
We have it all.
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
|'Good Schooling' 17x17" oil pastel, charcoal; Kathleen Faulkner|
The Edison Eye Presents
FRIENDS OF FISH II
75 artists capture the spirit of fish,
it's relationship to humanity
and the environment
April 18 - May 3
Opening reception: April 18th 5 - 9 p.m.
The Eye is located at 5800 Cains Court, Edison, WA
A benefit show for the Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group
Thursday, March 19, 2015
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
|my stumps on the left|
'The Meaning of Wood'
January 15 - March 29, 2015
Washington State Convention Center
Open daily 5:30 am - 10 pm
Artists included in this show:
Jane Alynn, Anacortes, WA
Susan Aurand, Olympia WA
Howard Barlo, Ellensburg, WA
Patti Bowman, Bellevue, WA
Larry Bullis, Anacortes, WA
MalPina Chan, Olympia, WA
Sue Cotter, Parowan, UT
Monika Danos, Seattle, WA
Barbara De Pirro, Shelton, WA
Kathleen Faulkner, Anacortes, WA
Cathy Fields, Seattle, WA
Kelly Fleek, Bow, WA
Becky Fletcher, Sedro Woolley, WA
David Francis, Seattle, WA
Annerose Georgeson, Vanderhoof, BC
Kathy Gore Fuss, Olympia, WA
Julia Haack, Seattle, WA
Karen Hackenberg, Port Townsend, WA
Julia Harrison, Seattle, WA
Cheri Kopp, Seattle/Port Townsend, WA
Anne Lancaster, Seattle, WA
Carolyn Lavender, Phoenix, AZ
Fred Lisaius, Newcastle, WA
Ed McCarthy, Issaquah, WA
Ellen Jane Michael, Edison, WA
Nia Michaels, Seattle, WA
Lynne Oulman, Bellingham, WA
Joseph Pentheroudakis, Seattle, WA
Peppe, Seattle, WA
Polly Purvis, Seattle, WA
Christina Carlyle Reed, Seattle, WA
Karen Rudd, Port Townsend, WA
Mark Scherer, Stehekin, WA
Scott Schuldt, Milford CT
Tamara Stephas, Seattle, WA
Jeffree Stewart, Olympia, WA
Sara Tabbert, Fairbanks, AK
John Tylczak, Puyallup, WA
past venue and curator's statement
|'Stickpin, Again' courtesy of Facere Jewelry Art Gallery,|
Seattle, WA; sterling silver, wood; Kathleen Faulkner