Hi! I’m Kary

I’m a writer and interdisciplinary artist. Besides writing, my work includes visual and conceptual art, filmmaking, and fashion. I am the editor of Made Local magazine and also write for other San Francisco Bay Area publications including the North Bay Bohemian, the Marin Pacific Sun, Explore magazine, and Boheme magazine.

Place Makes Us

I believe that everything is animate and infused with energy that is ready and waiting to be in relationship with us. That we are made of place.

The question of how places and things make us who we are is at the core of my creative process as a writer, filmmaker, designer, or artist. In particular, place has a transcendent role that I believe is more influential than we might initially imagine.

Right Relationship

In an object-based culture that uses an object-based language, it is now more important than ever to remember that life is not made up of “resources” for us to use, but that we are in relationship with everything. Through my work, I show and explore those living relationships.

—Kary Hess Petaluma, CA 2023

EDUCATION

2023 Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Interdisciplinary Art and Writing
California Institute of Integral Studies
San Francisco, CA

PROJECT + EXPERIENCE TIMELINE

2024

Made Local magazine
Editor
Sonoma County, CA

The Last Kiss 10 Years of the Sonoma Writers at Bump Cellars February 10, 2024
Guest Poet
Bump Cellars, Sonoma, CA

Werewolf Serenade
Feature Film Producer + Production Designer
Petaluma, CA

North Bay Bohemian, Marin Pacific Sun, Explore magazine, Boheme magazine
Contributor
San Francisco North Bay Area, CA

2023

Petaluma Poetry Walk September 17, 2023
Featured Poet
Hotel Petaluma, Petaluma, CA

Found Poets at the Lost Church August 12, 2023
Featured Poet
The Lost Church, San Francisco

Art Friend Show March 24, 2023
Guest Artist
Portland, Oregon, Live online (replay here)

Idea Lounge March 22, 2023
Guest Speaker
Barber Lee Spirits, Petaluma CA

North Bay Bohemian, Marin Pacific Sun, Explore magazine, Boheme magazine
Contributor
San Francisco North Bay Area, CA

How to Write a Press Release Workshop
Workshop Instructor
Petaluma, CA

Writing with a Sense of Place Workshop
Workshop Instructor
Online and in-person versions, Petaluma, CA

2022

1912: Poems of Time, Place, & Memory
Book, FMRL 2021

North Bay Bohemian, Marin Pacific Sun, Explore magazine, Boheme magazine
Contributor
San Francisco North Bay Area, CA

2021

North Bay Bohemian, Marin Pacific Sun, Explore magazine, Boheme magazine
Contributor
San Francisco North Bay Area, CA

2020

SparkTarot® Deck + Guidebook
Author and Artist
Petaluma, CA

North Bay Bohemian, Marin Pacific Sun, Explore magazine, Boheme magazine
Contributor
San Francisco North Bay Area, CA

2019

Pill Head
Feature Film Producer + Production Designer
Petaluma, CA

Nobo Coffee (with collaborator Daedalus Howell)
Conceptual Art Product
Petaluma, CA

Local Dialect clothing brand
Founder + Fashion Designer
Petaluma, CA

North Bay Bohemian, Marin Pacific Sun, Explore magazine, Boheme magazine
Contributor
San Francisco North Bay Area, CA

2018

Local Dialect clothing brand
Founder + Fashion Designer
Petaluma, CA

2017

Fibershed Fashion Show
Fashion Designer
Bolinas, CA

Le Drama Clüb (with collaborator Daedalus Howell)
Conceptual Art Exhibition | Multimedia Narrative Experience
Heebe Jeebe Gallery, Petaluma, CA

Airport Bar (with collaborator Daedalus Howell)
Conceptual Art Exhibition | Participatory Performance
La Dolce Vita, Petaluma, CA

Local Dialect clothing brand
Founder + Fashion Designer
Petaluma, CA

2016

Petaluma Postcard (with collaborator Daedalus Howell)
Exhibition
Mail Depot, Petaluma, CA

Stairwell Video (with collaborator Daedalus Howell)
Conceptual Art Exhibition | Multimedia Installation & Performance
Petaluma, CA

Lost Roomba (with collaborator Daedalus Howell)
Conceptual Art Exhibition | Interactive Narrative Experience
Petaluma, CA

Local Dialect clothing brand
Founder + Fashion Designer
Petaluma, CA

2015

Local Dialect clothing brand
Founder + Fashion Designer
Petaluma, CA

books

Who would we be if we all spoke the languages of our landscapes?
The living relationship we have with land and its aliveness is what drives my work.

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