Renie is probably best known for her incredibly detailed narrative embroideries and assorted other creative uses for textile techniques.
She describes her Catato™ Books this way…
“Things that seem impossible to me, like extending a narrative idea beyond a single picture, become possible with my computer. I created these books in my computer and published them under the name “CATATO”, an acronym for the “CArd TAble TOp” upon which my computer sat—and coincidentally the name of a vegimal, part cat and part potato.”
Renie’s book Catato and Friends was published by Little Chickadee Media in 2012. Copies purchased from the Penland Gallery have a signed bookplate inside the front cover.
Renie Breskin Adams – DeKalb, IL
“My work is most often based in fantasy and metaphor, reflecting a subjective view of the world. I enjoy constructing objects which are densely textured. I work in a variety of fiber techniques and also draw, paint, and make images in my computer. I like the influence that each medium has on the others.
When working in fiber, I feel very much like a painter. Having been embroidering pictures since 1978, I’m one of the pioneers in the contemporary genre. Though perhaps best known for embroidery, for many years prior to 1978 I wove tapestries, tied knots, and crocheted.
My mother taught me how to crochet. It was my first fiber technique. I’ve crocheted wall hangings, afghans, baskets, masks, hats, tea pots, bacon and eggs, monsters, potted plant pillows, beef stew, coffee pots, icecream sundaes, cups and saucers, pastries, pearls, and more …I crocheted so much I had to wear bandages and leather gloves to protect my worn out fingers. Finally I had to quit … But still there are times when I must stop whatever I’m doing for a crochet ‘fix’.
My works have been widely exhibited, nationally and internationally, and are in private and public collections, including the Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C. I’ve taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Northern Illinois University in DeKalb and conducted many workshops, including Penland, NC, and Split Rock, Duluth, MN.”