Monday, September 7, 2015

Tools Talismans Totems

The show's over now, but will be installed in my studio for POST, the annual Philadelphia Open Studio Tours, on October 3-4. 155 Cecil B Moore Ave, Philadelphia PA.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Book Paper Scissors November 22, 2014

Saturday! I'll be showing and selling prints and paper objects. Come see!

Free Library of Philadephia
1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
10am - 4pm

Saturday, November 1, 2014


November 15, 2014
The Franklin Flea
The Historic Strawbridge's
801 Market Street
10am - 5pm

November 22, 2014
The Free Library of Philadelphia
1901 Vine Street
10am - 4pm

December 5, 2014 (OPENING RECEPTION)
Blanket Fort! BYO Print's annual group exhibition
The Art Dept
1638 E Berks Street, Philadelphia, PA 19125
Opening Reception: 6pm -9pm
Exhibition and print sale open through the month of December
Gallery Hours: Fri/Sat 12pm - 7pm, Sun 12pm - 4pm

December 5, 2014 (OPENING RECEPTION)
Small Works
The Philadelphia Sculpture Gym
1834 E. Frankford Avenue

Opening Reception: 6pm -9pm

December 6, 2014
Coldhearted IV
The Philadelphia Sculpture Gym
1834 E. Frankford Avenue
12pm - 6pm

December 13, 2014
Crafty Balboa Holiday Market
SS Neumann Goretti High School
1736 South Tenth Street

December 14, 2014
Go West Craft Fest - Holiday Edition
The Rotunda
4014 Walnut Street
11am - 5pm

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Silkscreen sugar lift resist

"The plate will go for a dip in the morning. Late nights at #BYOprint "

Monday, January 6, 2014

'Oh, You Pretty Things' in progress

Here are a few shots of a large etching plate in progress. Begun in November 2013, it should turn a page in my new work, I hope.
The first drawing layer on the plate; a moon and some marionette ladies. 
Pushing the size limits on our etching press!
An early proof of the moon portion of the plate.
I use prior proofs of the plate to decide where to make changes on the copper, with scraping and burnishing.
Most recent proof. I'll cut the plate down the center line and one plate will become two!

Kate VanVliet

Fine Art:

My shop, BYO Print:

Sometimes silkscreen happens

A quick and enjoyable one-color card I printed this fall for some friends.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Snapshots from last weekend's Go West Craft Fest at the Woodlands Cemetary

Prints of things

One of a kind etched drawings on brass.

Embracing my inner cat lady

the gingko leaves were so fun to draw on!

OOAK lockets of course.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

A Father's Day video

I've been trying to keep busy this Father's Day, since it is my first without one.

Last month my aunt delivered some furniture to my house that came from my grandparents' home of thirty years. The collections of memories in that tiny brick rancher was astounding. I'm now happily writing this post from the handmade desk that my grandfather built. In his tiny office, dark and dense, it was hard to see his perfect craftsmanship, but knowing him meant you knew that anything he built would be perfectly constructed. This desk is solid, and I'm thrilled to now call it mine.

With the desk and other bigger things, came a small box with a few dishes, a tea set, and two VHS home videos. I cannot play home videos because I own neither a TV nor a cassette player. It took two weeks to have the VHS tapes copied to DVD. 

I watched them for the first time Friday night. Here is an excerpt for father's day. I can't recall seeing this video before. It was filmed by my uncle, John Van Vliet, in 1991, in Fresno, California at our house on Crystal Avenue. The family is packing up our belongings getting ready to make the road trip home to Maryland, just in time for Halloween. While John visits, we have a little fun in the front yard.

Never took one lesson, mind you.

Friday, April 19, 2013

April 27th, 2013 CRAFTY BALBOA time!

Next weekend I will be vending at the spring edition of Crafty Balboa, my favorite fest for spring and winter!
Visit me and Lisa Imperiale. We'll have prints and printmaking-related objects.