KAITLIN MEADOWS: Artist and Teacher
On An Endless, Joyous Path of Creativity
“Why should we all use our creative power…? Because there is nothing that makes people so generous, joyful, lively, bold and compassionate, so indifferent to fighting and the accumulation of objects and money.” Brenda Ueland
I believe art is a universal language that illuminates the human experience and touches, teaches, and transforms lives.
I believe being an artist is sacred work and requires being fully engaged in the world and appreciating life with greater clarity and gratitude.
My artistic work includes being a poet, paper maker, painter, bookmaker, mask maker, and exuberant “artist of the ordinary” in my home and garden. I create performance art, alter books, work in clay, paint, and metal and love making hand-made books. I work with reclaimed materials, recycle and upcycle oddments to make art, and am an active participant in the Random Acts of Art movement. I love to conspire special ceremonies and celebrations for which I create transformational vestments.
As a trained archaeologist and seasoned explorer of cultures all over the world, my artistic specialties include creating spiritual effigies, talismans, shrines and objects of spirit as well as making (with great respect) art that replicates archaeological remains, artifacts, ceremonial tools, spirit dolls, and masks.
I am an eccentric innovator, working to make technique subservient to imaginative vision. I work with collage, assemblage, paint, clay, batik, metal, and found objects. I use random ephemera as fodder for my creative adventures and frequently work with recycled, reclaimed, and repurposed materials to “green” my art making process.
I am an active member of Paper Works: The Sonoran Collective of Paper and Book Artists and enjoy making handmade paper and books. I have taught art and creativity classes to adults and children for over four decades and hold classes in schools, churches, libraries, community centers, and non-profit meeting spaces as well as at my funky little cottage studio, Kaitlin’s Creative Cottage, in the heart of the historic Dunbar Spring neighborhood in Tucson, Arizona. I conduct dozens of artistic salons and workshops each year in all aspects of mixed media, including; puppet theater, altered books, artist’s trading cards, artist journals, mask making, and papier Mache sculpture.
My mission is to empower creativity and arouse joy through art making. My emphasis is on providing playful, relaxed, no-fail, no-stress affordable classes with lots of personal encouragement and affirmation.
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