A few friends and I took a little field trip today up to Orange County to go “glass shopping”! First stop was at our art buddy, Katherine England’s home and studio. For anyone who has ever taken a class with Katherine, you know that she is a whirling dervish of creative energy….just being around her makes the creative juices start flowing! Today was no exception as the first step on to her property makes you realize you’re not in Kansas (well, Fullerton) anymore! Fullerton was recently named the “most UN-orange county city” and I am pretty sure they can singlehandedly thank Katherine England for that proclamation!! Here are a few shots of her…. yes, purple home!
As whimsical and bright as the exterior is, the interior is just as lively with a definite James Ensor-esque feel with Katherine’s collections and oddities adorning the walls and furniture.Katherine does amazing work in just about every medium possible…..she is not limited to any particular style and is a mixed media dabbler extraordinaire! The skull above is hers as is the monkey!
And just look at this very cool chandelier…..Wandering around from room to room, one really gets to know who Katherine is by her very eclectic surroundings. If one were to enter her studio from the street, you would know you were entering a very special creative space!Even the pavement heading into her studio is artful!And once inside her garage/studio, it is easy to see where the magic happens. Aside from all of the community projects that Katherine tackles, ( today she was headed off to teach at Piece by Piece, a non-profit organization aimed at helping formerly homeless people by teaching them mosaic skills) Katherine also teaches a variety of mosaic and journaling classes at her studio.
It was a super fun day….and we all decided that we need to take field trips more often!