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I Love Art, Adore the Handmade and Treasure the Vintage. I am the Fun Mom, the Silly Friend and the Writer who wants to make more room for beauty in the everyday.

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Saturday, July 7, 2007

Kitty's Favorite Things

The raw edge of kitschy coolness in Kitty B's work makes it great fun. And if you ever lucky enough to meet her, it takes about three seconds to understand she is as festive and unabashedly honest as her work. She is full of stories and thoughtful comments she offers in a lilting and breathy voice. She lends a sincerity to passionate discussions that bespeaks of her joy for the moment at hand, and a reverence for the past.

It takes less time to understand Kitty loves the leftover bits of yesterday that are worn and loved and seemingly useless...some would call it old junk. She seeks it out and hordes it with abandon. Calico & Buttons are her two very favorite things, so she’s named her assemblage pieces and framed collages in their celebration. They hang everywhere in my home.

Kitty Babendreier is the mistress of assemblage, carefully curating her odd boxes of whimsy by freezing bits of everyday life for inspection. In her art, Kitty elevates castoff tools, misfit toys and broken tidbits in her celebration of whimsy, selecting and then surrounding them in their own little world of paper and glitter, whimsy and mirth.

I am completely intoxicated with Kitty and her work. I've collected it feverishly for years. When we first met in 2003, I would drive 3 hours in February snows and the muggy heat of August to see her at a show she used to do down in Pennsylvania. I would make piles of boxes, arranging them on the floor in vignettes, moving them about endlessly. Then I would decide I had to have all of them...or at least as many as I could carry in my two arms (I had to establish some type of control or I would have had every last one!)

I am no less than overjoyed that she is now among my "Angel" artists! Thanks Kitty for all the fabulous mixed media boxes, kitsch-laden collages and bits of magic brew you have sent this way....30 new pieces are here at Earth Angels. E-mail if you'd like us to add you to the list to receive images via email newsletter.

You can also see some of Kitty's work at my sister-in-law Joanne's shop and restaurant, Charlotte's Tea Room. It's well worth an afternoon visit. Have a pot of my favorite "Paris Tea" on the deck overlooking the creek or inside the cozy tea room where chintz and white wrought iron chairs nestle with ironstone teapots in cozy nooks. Tell Mary, the best waitress in the world, that I sent you. And if they have their famous toffee scones that day, ring me and I will be right down to join you.

xxoo Jen O'Connor


Lori said...

Kitty's work is very sweet. I loved all of the new pieces in the newsy update e mail, they are quite wonderful!!!

oldflowers4me said...

yes kitty's things are divine, i loved the dolls dress framed, and the little china legs- oh wonderful, singing and skipping love jo.

diane said...

i just love kitty's work! as you know i'm becoming a collector of her wonderful pieces. it's funny how each piece can mean something special to each collector; my dancer...i always wanted to be a love boxes, well those remind me of my hubby. thanks kitty!

jennifer lanne said...

Kitty is so witty and amazing...I don't know how she does it!!
I LOVE all her pieces!

Michelle Sylvia said...

I am just fascinated with your beautiful writing. You can tell that you have a Love and a Connection with each and every one of your artists. I think that is so special.


Stacey said...

I remember the first time i saw kitty's wonderful work about 10 years ago at market square, i was so enchanted by everything and i still am today. i have at least 10 pieces scattered throughout my home and looking at them everyday reminds me of our fabulous times together. she is truly a kindred spirit!

Anonymous said...

Hi Kitty! Another love at first site episode. Kitty your spirit is big and pure and fun! I think you could do a stand up routine that would be sell outs...I would camp out to be your first ticket buyer! You little skipper you!! Your work speaks for itself. Jen, looks like you are having a fun summmer! Enjoy, Sandi

Diane Duda said...

Each of Kitty's pieces is so unique and wonderful!

Lori Ann said...

I work with one of Kitty's pieces "watching" over my shoulder . . a sewing piece of course! Love her work . . it's as sweet as she is!!

kittyb said...

Thanks, everybody!I couldn't do this without the loving support of all my friends and admirers!You are my inspiration and my energy!

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