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Kathy Cottrell

Rochester Artisans 10 Questions Interview

1. What is your name and what is your business name? Where can we find you through social media?
Kathy Cottrell dba Kat’s Kustom KarryAlls

Blog: Aprons with Attitude
Email: or

2. How long have you been an artist and how did you get started?
I began actively about 11 years ago and haven’t stopped.

3. Explain a bit about your process, please.
I look at a piece of fabric, fondle it and, taking into account the size of the piece, devise a mental picture of how it would look as a tote bag or clutch, walker tote, small purse, or apron. If the price is right and I have all the extras on hand [purse handles, zippers, coordinating fabric for lining etc,] I purchase it. Then I make it. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. If it works, I sell it. If it doesn’t, I remake it into something else. Nothing goes to waste in my sewing room.

4. What’s the comment heard most about your art? Vest Series #1 470
The lively colors and prints. The uniqueness of what the piece was in a former life [like it was a woman’s vest, now it’s a tote].

5. What is one thing people find surprising about how your art is created?
That I like to reuse items and make them into something entirely different [ie a man’s dress shirt into a stuffed animal].

Andy Bear 470



6. What’s the one tool you couldn’t live without, in creating your art?
My Brother lightweight industrial sewing machine. This puppy will sew through bone.

7. How has your art changed over time?
I’ve gotten neater and cleaner, taking more time and care. Oh—I follow directions on the patterns.

8. What’s your favorite part about making your pieces? Least favorite?
Favorite: Creating it. Least: Not enough hours in the day.

9. What’s your dream project?
Making a quilted gym bag. The big ones. Something you could pack an entire set of clothes and sundries needed for a weekend away.

10. Where is your art available for purchase?
On my blog, Aprons With Attitude [cash, credit, personal checks] and at shows around town.

My grandkids and me at Niagara Falls Aquarium.

My grandkids and me at Niagara Falls Aquarium.

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