This body of work began sometime in the mid 1990's, as an experiment, seeing if I could adhere a dress to a canvas and create a painting over all the textures. "Dress painting" is a term I came up with to explain these when I simply couldn't think of anything better. Over the years they have evolved, with new elements of collage being added. Dress patterns, photographs, and embroidery all appear from time to time, as well as lino block prints, rubber stamps and gold leaf. I will use this space to explore the beginnings of this series, as well as showing my latest work. If the piece is available for sale you'll find the price at the bottom. Free shipping in the U.S. Contact me at kallencole@aol.com to purchase.

Would you like to see my full website? Head over to KathrineAllenColeman.com

Monday, November 23, 2015

Hark the Herald of Small Voices

I am very pleased to be a part of a new installation at Signature Shop in Atlanta from now through early January.  Hark the Herald of Small Voices features work by Kirsten Stingle, Christine Kosiba, and myself.  Loosely woven around the folklore of Krampus, the exhibit features naughty children, and their toys as they are watched over by ravens or crows.
In the center of the show is a tree topped by Krampus, loaded with one of a kind decorations for the collector of odd and wonderful things.  If you are in the Atlanta area please join us for Tea and Krampus on December 12th from 1-5pm.

Krampus will be there with his helpers posing for photos, and maybe even pouring some tea.

Signature Shop is located at 3267 Roswell Rd. NE in the heart of Buckhead.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

A new website!

I've done it, I've gone and built a new website!  With dresses, and abstracts, and links back to here and my (elle)ement page.  Take a look...


Thursday, September 3, 2015


I've been holding out on you.
Work has been coming out of the studio at a nice steady pace, but I have been hoarding it.  Keeping it to myself.  Waiting for the right time, and all the while making more work.

Here is one of my favorites, "Scapegoat."
Scapegoat gets blamed for everything, even things that are clearly not his fault.  He gets so good at this, that eventually he begins to blame himself, he doesn't even need the middleman.

Vintage boy's sailor suit, acrylic paint, and dress pattern tissue on canvas.
24"x 48"

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Bits and pieces

Projects, works in progress, unfinished, almost finished, turned against the wall.

I rarely start one piece, and ride it to completion all in one go.  There are drying times, and other factors that just get in the way.  So when one piece is in limbo, I am working on another.  This usually means that either it feels like I haven't finished anything in ages.  Or, work is flying out of the studio and waiting for framing.

Right now, it feels like I haven't finished anything in ages, especially as I was out of the studio for almost a month.  So I'm focusing on the small victories.

Red Handed is in progress

The Destructive Bastard has grown antlers since this photo, and there will be some beading before it is finished.  And paint, and other bits...

And tags, I'll be making more tags.  In paper, like these, and in porcelain.
Can you imagine the clinking sound that porcelain tags will make as they bump?

Projects, collaborations, partnerships, those things are all sounding interesting too...  
Yes, I'm keeping busy, I'll keep you in the loop!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Doubling down

One of the questions I am asked most often at shows is "where do you get your ideas?"  And the answer always escapes me, I fumble it. Sometimes I actively hunt ideas, I used to buy art books and visit galleries regularly.  But, I find that rarely works for me, although I love the distraction.  More often than not, just staying in the studio and working on something keeps ideas flowing.

But they really start popping when I am presented with new challenges. Fewer shows on the road, but more gallery show this year have stirred things up a bit.  As has the opportunity for collaboration with other artists, and getting to work in new media.

I don't know how far these new ideas will go, if they will push a new body of work into the forefront, or just be pulled into the arena that I work in now.  But I am enjoying this time of experimenting.

Puppet studies,  I'll make more, there will be puppets sometime, somewhere in my work.  I think.

In progress.  I love this piece, and then I thoroughly dislike it.  Then I see it in a new way, and like it again.  That happens sometimes.  The tricky part is to know when to quit when it stalls.

And, I thought I would make a few fun Valentines this year, like this one.
"I love you bonehead"

That's it for now, I'll be heading to Miami next weekend for the Coconut Grove Arts Festival.  Come on down!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

All she needed was a magic dress

There is something about magic, if you talk too much about it, it kinda disappears.

"All She Needed Was a Magic Dress" is 24" wide x  44" tall.
Acrylic, linoleum block prints and vintage dress on canvas.