“don’t discount small opportunities”


So, my plan had been to title this episode, “Reimagining Natural History”, which is the way Melbourne based artist Kate Rohde describes her work {as you can see from that fantastical blue display case up there} … but we just had so many great bits of conversation around the idea of just ‘saying yes and figuring it out later’ that I just had to kick things off with that thought! I wrote about Kate a few weeks ago, but last week’s guest, Sandra Eterovic, told me I had to reach out to Kate. So I did. And she said YES. Now, she’s not alone on this call. Her four month old baby boy was along for the ride! So sweet. You can listen right up there, or you can subscribe on iTunes.

Let’s start off with a few of my candy-colored favorites from my recent post about Kate:


Yes! Remember those? So good.

Next, here’s an installation, titled “Chateau Fatale” from 2005 that truly does “reimagine natural history”. I would happily spend the day in this super weird museum:


Fantastic! {Photos by Harry Fatouros}. Now, speaking of fantastic, I quickly mentioned Kate’s pieces under glass … mainly so that I had an excuse to put these images in the post:


That is a whole lot of colorful craziness… very different than the “brown and green” Australian landscape that Kate grew up in.

Up next, an insane collaboration with Australian fashion label Romance Was Born. They created custom textiles using collaged images of Kate’s work, and she made bizarrely beautiful resin accessories {yes, including horns}. This collection is called “Renaissance Dinosaur”, which might be the best name I’ve ever heard in my entire life:


Oh. My word. It’s like a crazy dream that I wish I could have every night. This project led Kate to making more jewelry… candy-hued, translucent, chunky jewelry that I would have a really hard time not licking:


Sigh. Stunning. ps. You can find Kate’s jewelry at Pieces of Eight, which also happens to be where I found these images.

One of my favorite bits of this episode was when we talked about lulls. Oh, lulls. You’d think they’d be a nice time to rest and recharge, but because we can’t predict the future lulls can feel more like THE END. Good news… they’re not. Not as long as you keep making stuff. During Kate’s lull she made vases. They don’t look like a lull to me! Now, we didn’t actually talk about this collaboration, but it’s just so beautiful I had to include it:


Now THAT is how you show off vases! Kate collaborated on this shoot with Melanie Stapleton from a floral studio in Melbourne called Cecilia Fox {that’s Melanie on the left, and Kate getting things just so on the right}. GORGEOUS! 

And finally, Kate in her home studio. She lives upstairs and works downstairs:


Love it… and of course, I love that chunky bracelet! Thank you to Kate for taking time to do this with us, and HUGE thanks to Tristan for letting me distract his mama for almost an hour. He did so well  ♥ Thanks to Saatchi Art for supporting this episode, and thanks to audible.com for making my new book into an audio book! To preorder a copy for FREE {or to pick up any other book you might want} just use my link: audibletrial.com/JealousCurator. Finally, and as always, THANK YOU for listening. There will be more art for your ear next weekend.

Other links:

  1. Sandra Eterovic episode
  2. Kate’s work on SaatchiArt
  3. National Gallery of Victoria
  4. Romance Was Born Collab.
  5. Kate’s upcoming show, “Luminous Realms” at Craft Gallery, Dec 9 – Feb 2017
  6. Kate in her studio: Photo by Tobias Titz


comments (5)

  1. Megan Woodard Johnson /// 09.10.2016 /// 6:27am

    Oh my goodness- those baby sounds. I’m going to have to re-listen to this whole thing, because every time he coos I forget to listen to the actual content. (Which is so wonderful and full of such great perspectives)

  2. the jealous curator /// 09.10.2016 /// 7:20am

    i know! me too!!

  3. Julie /// 09.11.2016 /// 7:18am

    Such good work!!

  4. Kate Rohde – Melbourne artist – art4u.australia /// 09.21.2016 /// 11:34pm

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  5. Annette /// 09.25.2016 /// 2:32am

    Danielle, I loved this interview with Kate.
    I’m a Melbourne girl too, and I’ve managed to avoid all the deadly things for 48 years.
    The COLOURS that Kate creates are incredible. I want to visit her pigment paradise.
    That blue ring….. oh! And the fashion collaboration, and the, and the, and the… thank you for introducing me to local artists that make my soul happy.
    On ya Kate!!
    Thanks Danielle.