Beautiful hand-made gloves from a beautiful artistic soul.  From your hands, to the earth, with love…

GumTree Shop & CafeRecently I had the wonderful opportunity to meet Ms. Katherine Rohrbacher at the charming Gum Tree Shop and Café in Hermosa Beach, California. What an honor it was to meet such an amazing artist.

A friend of mine who’s been a great supporter of TSF recommended I research Katherine’s work (see www.katgallery.etsy.com). She turns oven mitts, dishwashing and garden gloves to works of art, putting a homemade and fashionable touch on what can be mundane and forgettable accessories.

Katherine started making dishwashing gloves over 10 years ago while attending the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she studied oil painting and mixed art media. Now while preparing for her first gallery openings in October (at Gallery 825 in West Hollywood and TAG Gallery in Santa Monica), she continues to make custom style gloves that are functional and adorable.

My gloves v2Just like a great pair of shoes, we all should have more than one pair of garden gloves. I was drawn to the stylish cherry-red pair with the trendy navy blue, apple-embroidered trim. Aside from the aesthetics, I love that the gloves are ‘tall’ in that the material doesn’t stop at the base of your wrist. Instead they run roughly mid-way down the forearm, providing a bit of additional protection and coverage.

Katherine as a person is pretty darn amazing as well. Along with getting acclaim and coverage in Better Homes and Gardens and Mother Earth Living (all for her glove designs) – she’s also a Lupus survivor. On so many levels I admire, respect and appreciate her openness to share her story, her struggle and her daily fight against such an ugly (and silent) disease. She’s courageous and talented.

A Garden Glove Gladiator indeed.Tag and Mag