10 Days of Design Crush Anniversary Giveaways: Day 8 Kristi Kohut
Ten years ago this month I started Design Crush as a place to gather inspiration for my day job as a graphic designer, and five years ago it became my full-time job. To thank you all, as well as highlight some of my favorite sponsors from over the years, we’ll be hosting ten days of giveaways in celebration of ten years of this little site that could.
Krist Kohut is a longstanding favorite artist of mine who has been featured on the pages of Design Crush more than once. Her mixed media art makes me smile time and time again, whether it’s a piece from her intricate Agate collection or the more freestyle Color Field body of work. I feel like I just get Kristi’s work and in turn she must get me – and that’s a great feeling no matter where it comes from!
Krist‘s multi-media art is inspired by nature and she uses any number of mediums to create it, including acrylic, watercolor, ink, pastels, and glass beads. In 2007, in addition to her art practice, she founded Kristi Kohut Home, a design studio dedicated to making high-end fabrics, pillows, poufs, and wallpaper featuring her signature work.
“My work is influenced by color and pattern in the world all around us. A permeating crack on the sidewalk, the vibrant layers of agate rock, the exotic clothing of a faraway place, are my muses. I love the color and effect created when unexpected colors and textures are combined. The glossiness of an acrylic paint next to the chalky texture of a pastel. Or an iridescent blend next to a thick, velvety smudge of oil pigment.
My process is an intuitive dance of play, working until I find just the right combination of color and texture. I know when it is done, when it elicits a feeling inside, a zing, a ping of joy or pleasure that often comes with that final touch or pop of color, suddenly transforming the piece. That feeling is a connection to something more, something that is not of the day-to-day routine of life. The antithesis of routine. A hint at what’s on the other side of this world.”
I own three pieces of Krist Kohut‘s art, as well as a pillow and a scarf. Since releasing her line of wallpaper it’s become a goal to deck out one of my bathrooms with some of her pattern there as well. Of course we’re not leaving you out of the fun – Kristi is kindly gifting one reader with their choice of either one huge 37 x 57-inch print OR two 22 x 30-inch prints! You’ve got 22 chances to enter and 48-hours to make it happen, you know the drill.Posted In behind the scenes, create, mixed media, paper goods, prints, series, shameless plug, win it
Susan MillerJune 12, 2017 at 11:03 am
Such beautiful work! Drawn to the dots: Dots6 #1 and #2
Bonnie BrubakerJune 12, 2017 at 11:57 am
Such a tough choice to pick only one! I really like “What We Leave Behind 7”
Beth SaundersJune 12, 2017 at 12:50 pm
Gypset stripe is gorgeous, and I love Color Tradition.
MauraJune 12, 2017 at 1:36 pm
I love Blue Fusion agate, but reserve the right to change my mind! I love the colors.
Ashley Lawson QuattroJune 12, 2017 at 2:16 pm
I love the long horizontal one! You rarely see pieces in that shape, but it would well over a mantle!
Kathryn ClarkJune 12, 2017 at 2:53 pm
This is a tough choice between Love Shack and Be Vibrant. These are the colors I’m made of! Great pieces.
LindaJune 12, 2017 at 3:58 pm
I would take the large size of the HEARTBEAT STRIPE print.
carol clarkJune 12, 2017 at 7:05 pm
BE FIERCELY BRAVE is what i like large size
Catherine A BarrettJune 12, 2017 at 8:48 pm
Seriously hard to narrow down, but I *think* I’d go with “WHAT WE LEAVE BEHIND 7” in the larger size. What a fantastic collection!
Gaby YimJune 12, 2017 at 10:10 pm
Elizabeth WJune 12, 2017 at 10:49 pm
i love wanderer agate!
Sally MJune 12, 2017 at 10:50 pm
Leave a big mark or find your bliss would look so awesome on the giant walls of my dining room!
Jennifer EssadJune 12, 2017 at 11:36 pm
It’s “emerald drip” for me please
Melissa TurciosJune 13, 2017 at 3:29 am
I love Dots 5! It’s gorgeous.
Julie AmendeJune 13, 2017 at 9:57 am
I have a number of Kristi’s prints in my house and I LOVE them, I would have a hard time choosing which of her prints to add to my collection, I love so many of them!
Leah GregoryJune 13, 2017 at 10:08 am
I went through all the options about 100x and still wasn’t able to narrow it down. I respond to so many of these! Here are my faves:
– RED FIELD
– WHAT WE LEAVE BEHIND 7
– YOU ARE AMAZING
– TRUE COLORS
– LEAVE A BIG MARK
– LIVE THE DREAM
– CHROMATIC HARMONY #25
– FIND YOUR BLISS
I think if I absolutely had to choose just one, it would be TRUE COLORS. Or FIND YOUR BLISS. Ha!
Bridget HarrodJune 13, 2017 at 10:18 am
Violet field and violet hour agate 3 would be my picks!
Jessica ScherlagJune 13, 2017 at 6:08 pm
Hard to choose but I think these two are my favorites:
CHROMATIC HARMONY #1
SHINE LIKE THOSE RUBIES
Kelly M.June 13, 2017 at 8:31 pm
The “BE FIERCELY BRAVE” print is amazing!
JennaJune 13, 2017 at 8:53 pm
I love them all! The colors are stunning.
Cat MeschiaJune 14, 2017 at 9:50 am
Geez, they’re all so gorgeous! I’m between Violet Field and Sugared Striped