About Kitschygumi Designs
Kathy Dawdy is a fiber and jewelry artist and part time resident of Madeline Island in beautiful Lake Superior, just a ferry ride away from Bayfield Wisconsin. She designs hand fabricated jewelry under the name Kitschygumi Designs and contemporary womens sportswear under the name Kate Johannsen for Kitschygumi. Kathy attended the University of Minnesota and Minneapolis College of Art and Design graduating with a degree in Home Economics from the U of M. Her initial focus was on textiles and she began developing a small line of designer clothing for various botiques and shops in the greater Minneapolis, Minnesota area. Her styles were adaptations of vintage syles of the 30's and 40's, but with an updated look. Made from fine linens and made to be layered and fit a variety of body types, her lines developed a loyal following.
Her current clothing designs are under the label KATE JOHANNSEN, Clothes for Naked Women. Reminiscent of those earlier collections, but with the addition of knits, cottons, rayons and light weight wools.
A note on fit
Kate Johannsen for Kitschygum and Kathy Dawdy are known for the angular lines of her sportwear collections. Fabric is manipulated, folded and sewn to create graceful garments that are truly art to wear. Flattering to many body types, most styles are free sized, fitting from about a size 6 to size 12.
From clothing to jewelry
Kathy Dawdy turned her attention to metal fabrication. She fell in love with jewelry making the first time she picked up a torch. To Kathy the process of metal fabrication and clothes design are answers to the same questions, "how do I turn this flat material, whether it be metal or fiber, into a dimensional wearable piece of art?" Kathy created Kitschgumi jewelry to complement her line of art-to-wear clothing.
For Kathy Dawdy, inspiration comes from many sources. The cool waters of Lake Superior with the native red Jasper and black Basalt find their way into her jewelry creations. The angular lines of her contemporary clothing might be thought to be inspired but the indiviualistic nature of those who live in so remote a place.
When not in her studios in Florida or Madeline Island, Kathy Dawdy enjoys cycling, kayaking, hiking, hanging with her husband Randy and the two traveling tomcats, Biggaman and Little Bob.