15, Inset A

Piece description from the artist

Uniting unrelated areas of artistry is the main catalyst behind my work. I focus on the exploration and execution of crochet techniques as methods for working with materials and processes associated with jewelry, sculpture, and painting. Interestingly, crochet has become a useful tool in mathematics and science, so my work often contains organically inspired forms because crochet objects can be closely governed by the same mathematical principals and systems commonly found in nature. I have often noticed how the technique seems to mimic various biological processes such as cell growth and reproduction. The Insets photography is directly conceived from the Stains series where doilies have become substitutes for cells and are 'stained' like organisms being prepared for a microscope slide. As such, these photos become reminiscent of the way those stained specimens often have close-up images of specific structures taken, allowing for examination and appreciation of subtle details.

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About Katie Schutte

Platteville, WI

Katie Schutte was born and raised in Ohio. Her work is the result of combining crochet with various jewelry, painting, and sculpture techniques. As a child, she often saved up to purchase jewelry-making kits and taught herself to crochet in high school. She received her Bachelor of Fine Art from Kent State University in Crafts, concentrating in Jewelry, Metals, and Enameling (2006) and her Master of Fine Art from Miami University in Jewelry Design and Metals (2011). While at Miami, she taught Jewelry and Metalsmithing courses to students from various majors and received several grants and awards. Her work was recently included in the book Mastering Contemporary Jewelry Design, at Art in the Woods on the American Players Theatre grounds, in Art from the Heartland Biennial at the Indianapolis Art Center, in Looks Good on Paper at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, in Envision Arts Magazine Vol. 9, and in Fantastic Fibers at Yeiser Art Center, among others. She currently lives in the Driftless area of southwest Wisconsin with her husband and a clowder of cats.

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