I am book and fiber artist, graphic designer and educator. I play with words and materials to find and expose the poetic connections between body and nature. My home and garden are my studio. My process evolves and adapts to the environments around me. The interconnectedness of beings, plants and the environment, their resilience and fragility, finality and cyclical nature are the constant fascination and the driving force behind my work.
Katya Reka (b. 1982 in Ukraine) is a book and fiber artist, graphic designer and educator. Reka plays with words and materials to find and expose the poetic connections between body and nature. Her work explores handmade and digital integrating book arts, graphic design, printmaking, photography and textiles. Interested in the role and place of a physical book in the contemporary world, Reka combines handmade paper, textiles, traditional printmaking techniques with digital printing, video and interactive publications for digital tablets. She exhibits her work nationally and internationally, and is represented in collections across the United States and Europe.
Reka earned Master’s of Fine Art in Graphic Design from Indiana University Bloomington and has taught Graphic Design and Media Arts at the New Mexico State University. Based in Santa Fe, NM, she currently is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at the St. Cloud State University.
My creative process is a way to articulate the immaterial connections, precious observations and personal revelations. I am fascinated by the material and they way it can influence the concept for the project. As a graphic designer, I deeply care about the process and the manifestation of an idea in a physical form. As a book and fiber artist, I want my work to achieve effortless meaning through patience and awareness. Thinking through making. Making with thinking.
Take a look at my Process page if you would like to know more about my paper mill, tools and studio. Contact me if you are interested in renting the papermaking equipment or arranging a studio visit.