26 April 2011

New Work - Artifact: Cassette


Ah, those old mix tapes… I remember trying to tape songs off the radio as a kid.  Now we don’t even own a radio or stereo.  And cassettes?  My kids wouldn’t even recognize this thing if they saw it.  Who needs tape when you have ipods and mp3 players?

So the 4th in the artifact series is almost done, but I have the idea to use thin black satin ribbon as the tape - making it come out of the cassette in a tangle.  Remember how that tape would sometimes get wrapped around the inside of a tape player, and you’d have to wind it back in using a barrette or a pen, turning those little toothy gears?  Good times…

I just have to locate the right size ribbon and I’ll probably sew that on by hand.  But I don’t have much time if I’m going to have these ready for The ART BAZAAR!

This week I’ll be busy finishing the final touches and framing/labeling/pricing all the work to be hung on May 4th.  More info on the Art Bazaar exhibition/art sale:

Hope you have a chance to see the show!


23 April 2011

My Work Chosen for Sacred Threads 2011 (Herndon, VA)

I’m very excited to announce that two of my favorite pieces, After the Wake and Lemme See! have been juried into Sacred Threads 2011.

Themel_afterthewakeSM (image: “After the Wake” 15x20 ©2010 Kate Themel)

I am thrilled to participate in this very special exhibition.   If you will be in the Washington DC / Northern Virginia area this summer, please stop by and see the show.

Here is a little more information from their website

Sacred Threads is an exhibition of quilts exploring themes of spirituality, joy, inspiration, peace/brotherhood, grief and healing. This biennial exhibition was established to provide a safe venue for quilters  who see their work as a connection to the sacred and/or as an expression of their spiritual journey.  The objective is to create a dignified exhibition of artwork that touches on both spiritual and personal levels all those who view it. We want to share with others the experiences of quilters whose stories may be a source of healing and strength.

Entries were juried by Sue Reno, Sue Pierce and Diane Herbort

The Exhibition will run from June 22, 2011 - July 4, 2011

Artist’s reception: Saturday, June 25, 2011 / 2:00 - 5:00 PM

Location: Church of the Epiphany

3301 Hidden Meadow Drive

Herndon, Virginia 22071

For Planning Your Trip to Sacred Threads, please visit this webpage.

22 April 2011

Fun with Sharpies and Egg Dye

Happy Earth Day Everyone! 

And to all who believe, Happy Easter, Ridvan or Passover.   Its that time of year when you celebrate Spring by coloring eggs with bright, unnatural colors… I’m not sure where the tradition started but who am I to question? EggsSM

So what do you do with the eggs that turn out kind of, shall we say, less than pretty?  Let’s say someone (Not naming names!) went a little overboard to see how many colors she could dunk the egg into.  And then let’s say instead of being cool and marbled, the egg ended up looking like some kind of gray mutant alien egg.  Hypothetically.

It looks like an oval meteorite next to all these bright colorful eggs that the 4 and 6 year old made like experts.  I’ll tell you what I did… waited until the kids left and then broke out the Sharpie markers, extra fine.

I just started doodling, starting with the eggs that didn’t have great color.  Then I moved onto more because it was so much fun!  The results are a mix of wonky Ukrainian-inspired patterns and freehand sketches.  Not bad.  I’m kinda proud of the drawing of an Iris on the purple one.

I hope you are all enjoying some time with family and loved ones this weekend, and maybe finding some fun ways to express your creativity!


15 April 2011

See “Monastery” at The Morris Museum (Morristown, NJ) in June

Fiber Revolution Presents: VISUAL THOUGHT

An Exhibition of Fiber Art

Curated by Kevan Rupp Lunney

June 15 – October 9, 2011


The Morris Museum / 6 Normandy Rd / Morristown, NJ 07960

More about this quilt:

Monastery at Kosljun was inspired by a recent trip to St. Mary’s monastery on Kosljun – a tiny islet off the coast of Krk in the Adriatic Sea.

The Franciscan monks have occupied it since it was renovated in the 15th century, built on the site of a ruined Benedictine abbey.  Visitors are asked to be respectful and quiet since the monks (who continue to live and work here) have taken a vow of silence.

Although the public areas are usually decorated with flowers and potted plants, I chose to recreate only the stone architecture in this quilt.  I felt like these graceful archways were alive somehow, keeping secrets and watching generations of people come and go over the centuries. It is amazing to think these very walls have been standing and providing shelter for over 500 years.


More about Fiber Revolution:

Fiber Revolution is a network of professional textile artists combining their knowledge and experience in marketing to exhibit and sell their artwork.
Fiber Revolution's goal is to provide greater visibility for our art while educating the public about fiber art as an exciting art form. Although the art is constructed from fabric, it is not meant to lie at the foot of the bed, but rather to hang on the wall like an oil or watercolor painting. The artists use fiber as their medium - dying it, painting it, cutting it, tearing it, stamping it, fusing it and embellishing it. The final step, stitching through the layers of fabric, brings a dimensional depth to the artwork that mere paint cannot.

13 April 2011

Art For Sale at The Art Bazaar (NYC) May 5 – 30, 2011


Come See My Work at THE ART BAZAAR Gallery in New York City

MAY 5-30, 2011

Artists' Reception:
Fri. May 6th: 6 - 9pm

Established in 2009 by Michael Lyons Wier as a response to the limited amount of exhibition opportunities available to artists in New York City, The Art Bazaar was envisioned as a "grass roots initiative", providing artists with a unique opportunity to promote and sell their work.

General Hours:
Tues - Sat: 11am - 7pm
Sunday: Noon - 6pm

Participating Artists:

Themel_Magnolias_fullART BAZAAR is located at:

175 Seventh Avenue (@ West 20th St)
New York, NY 10011
Tel: +1 646 588 5252

04 April 2011

“Artifact: Film”

Number 3 in the Artifact series, “Film” is finished.   I was one of those people that hung on to my manual camera long after digital cameras came on the scene.  I loved the control I had with my Canon; I’d used it all through high school and college and I just couldn’t get used to those little point-and-shoot cameras.  How could this thing the size of a deck of cards take decent pictures? 


But then I had my first child.  I didn’t have time to sit there and manually focus the camera as my son was scooting across the floor.  I gave in and bought a cheap point & shoot just so I could catch him in action. 

But like most technological advances, once I got used to the quicker, easier, clearer photos of digital, my manual camera got shelved. I still have it.  Every once in a while I find a random roll of 35mm film in a drawer or suitcase.  It’s fun to get it developed just to see what’s on there.

But now it’s harder to find a place where they know how to develop film, especially the one hour places that treat everyone’s film like McDonald’s treats burgers.  You’re pretty much at the mercy of whatever settings their machines are set to.  So you could get pictures that look great or look like they were taken under water, you never know.  I guess it makes sense to use film if you do your own developing and can manipulate the results.  But I can do that on my PC with digital photos, with no fumes or expensive equipment.  Which is why my beloved 35mm film is now an artifact of the past.