Kathryn Sotar of K.S
Kathryn Sotar of K.SEW Co. Exhibit
Jacob Edwards Library

Tuesday, Nov. 30, 9 am - 5 pm
 

Reflecting on this unique opportunity to be Jacob Edward Library’s ‘artist of the month’ for both November of 2020 (virtual) and in November 2021 I can not help but to compare the two collections- the haphazard one I prepared anxiously in 2020, which was presented as a virtual show during the height of Covid-19, and the one I confidently present here, in person, in 2021. 

 

I’d like to say that I have spent this past year meticulously honing in on my craft and creating the artsy ist art of all art, when in reality, the past almost 2 years have been hard. To come out the other side of a global pandemic is no small feat for anyone.  2021, however, is full of hope.  Going through this collective experience illustrates that we are all connected and are capable of moving forward together. On a personal level I have gained patience and the ability to remain present which has impacted my work immensely. It is all about the journey after all and now I walk a little lighter, I hope you feel that way too.  

 

This collection highlights the works of K.SEW Co., my sewing services business. These works include contracted pieces as well as in-house made items that are available for purchase.  We are honoring Native American Heritage month with several pieces inspired by simple and beautiful indigenous symbols.

 

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Kathryn Sotar is a quirky Southbridge resident and lifelong member of the Jacob Edwards Library.  She is a graduate of UMASS Amherst with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing.  When she is not working in her solar powered sewing workshop, Kathryn enjoys traveling, reading, sitting on the ground, live music, yoga, bullet journaling, hanging out with her cat Jody and going on hikes with her dog Reggie. 

 

Inspired by her parents’ entrepreneurial spirit, K.Sew Products (now K.Sew Co.) was founded in 2015, the name of which is a play on her old high school nickname, K.So.  K.Sew’s sewing services began by producing cushions for Hoyt Running Chairs and remains their proud outfitters to this day. With a focus on quality construction and locally sourced, upcycled and sustainable materials, K.Sew Co. now has a growing client list and is pursuing the goal of creating their own line of in-house products. These products are inspired by her Japanese heritage as well as modern trends, different cultures and the environment around her.

They hope to promote the use of repurposed materials, less waste and emphasizing the idea that it sometimes benefits us to “think inside the box” by using what we already have.

 

Kathryn would like to thank her parents Nick & Yuri, her sister Anna, Hoyt Running Chairs, Victory Project, her loving supportive friends, her sewing helpers Marioly and Fiona, as well as Margaret and Stephanie at Jacob Edwards Library for this opportunity.

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