About Katie

Katie’s background before she became a fiber artist?

In my late 20’s, I had a needlepoint shop in North Star Mall in San Antonio, TX where I designed needlepoint. One of my greatest pleasures was to design twelve dining chairs for Lady Bird Johnson.

 I am the former owner of the unconventional Bubble Room in Captiva and Bubble Room-Katie Gardeniaanother restaurant in Sanibel. My memoir “A Bubble Moment” was written in 2011 and features several of my recipes and stories to read along with them.

 My great grandmother read tea leaves, and I read palms. I remember that she crocheted and did tatting together which I picked up and love doing it.

A funny story behind a doll…

Recalling one of my broken romances, one man discovered upon awakening that I had been trimming on his mustache for the sake of one of my dolls head of hair. Needless to say, the romance was short-lived.

What inspires Katie to create fabric sculpture collectible dolls and other unique collectibles?

The unique homes, in which I live gives me inspiration among other things. The interior of one of my homes was covered in stucco and use to sit and imagine the different faces and shapes fashioned into the stucco. I could visualize faces and bodies within the texture. I have a natural gift for seeing things and creating them from my imagination with or without a glass of wine!

 I’m inspired to get up every morning to create something unique and wonderful. A little Pinot Grigio never hurts either!

What else does Katie create?

fabric artist-upholstery chair-Katie GardeniaFurniture:

I do furniture. I love furniture. If I drive down the road and I see a tossed out chair for the trash pickup, I retrieve it, refinish and revive its existence. I do about three chairs a year because they’re very, very intricate and nothing is repetitious.  I do one-of-a-kind pieces, and all are hand stitched.

Pillows:

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One of many mermaid inspired pillows that would enhance sweet dreams to a seaworld of enchanted characters!

I also have a love for pillows. I do bead and embellished art pieces.

Jewelry:

My necklaces are hand-tatted, crocheted and knitted. They are called free-form, with no two being alike. Scraps of yarn leftovers that I can’t bear to throw away and feature into these wonderful necklaces and bracelets. The center of some of them are pictures of women, mermaids and Frida Kahlo images. I also bought a small kilim and do clay figures that I incorporate into my jewelry.

Purses, Shawls, and Scarves:

I recently entered a contest and designed and created a shawl for the singer,

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A fashion statement at the turn of a wrist!

Stevie Nicks. The shawl took two months to complete with hand beading, silks, and birds on it. When you put the shawl on it and twirl, the wings move.

THE FIBER ARTIST STUDIO

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Katie Gardenia lives in an 1836 Post Office with her beloved dog Moe Possum creating one of a kind fantasy art.

I’ve lived in 34 houses, and each house is different. I go in with the intention of being very minimal and leave the walls white. I tell myself I won’t have it packed with stuff, but that lasts for about two weeks.

My current home, number 34, is in a Western North Carolina town called Flat Rock. The home was originally built in 1836 as the post office building. My charming abode sits amongst a famous Playhouse theatre and eclectic artist shops and eateries. It stands out along the much-traveled two-lane row creating its own uniqueness with blue and lavender paint with a black and white awning framing the windows. The colorful façade beckons passersby to drive a little slower to admire the outdoor gardens.