A biography of Oakland based multi-media artist Katie Richmond, known as Gleam.
ABOUT | *GLEAM* KATIE RICHMOND
CREATIVITY = COMMUNITY = CREATIVITY
My well never runs dry when I create for or with others. My past projects have varied widely in content, spanning film and photography; permaculture and wilderness education; and costume, website and interior design. I focus on relational and experiential design, setting the stage for the emergent magic of bringing people together to become its own unpredictable art. The best projects are often breeding ground for the next idea.
I am an artist.
Shortly before the 2014 New Year, I heard myself deflect a question about my career path by adamantly stating "I am not an artist." Within moments of hearing myself voice this belief aloud, I realized how damaging it was to not only to my creative process but to my sense of self. By the first week of 2015, I had committed to The Artist's Way 12-week long course for creative renewal along with another budding artist. Thank you Morning Pages. Thank You Artist's Dates. I highly recommend this gift to self and process, no matter your current relationship to art. We are all artists.
I'm currently focusing on costume and face paint design.
Many thanks are due to the co-conspirators who made all of these projects possible. Everything I've done has been a collaboration. Head on over to my community page to see the work of my friends and collaborators.
See the most recent faces here.
The MILK AND HONEY BOUDOIR:
The 55 foot shipping container used to store our Burning Man camp's infrastructure is converted into a communal dressing room, adornment studio, and lounge once all our dusty gear is emptied out. I designed the space and curated the makeup and costume wardrobe, but the real art emerges from how folks use the space.
Precursors to the Milk and Honey Cuddle Cave (Photos coming soon!)
Each year at the Burn, I convert a 24 foot rental truck into a womb-like pillow fortress. Draped in iridescent fabrics, brimming with hand sewn pillows, lit with space-like orbs, and bathed in ambient sound, the Cuddle Cave has been described as "the softest place on the playa" and serves as a primary gathering place for our community to recharge and connect. From time to time, it is home to the world's coziest dance party a.k.a. the Cave Rave.