Kristin M. Roach creates interdisciplinary works inspired by scientific research, using remnant materials that explore how we, as a culture, are dealing with our own acquiesce. Roach’s art and zines are internationally exhibited and collected and her book, Mend it Better, has been published worldwide. She currently lives and works in Ames, Iowa running an apothecary with her partner Jason Shaw.


Kristin M Roach grew up in Moline, IL and eventually graduated with a BFA in painting and a minor in Art History in 2008 from Northern Illinois University. After relocating to Ames, Iowa that same summer she founded the non profit Ames Collaborative Art.

The next few years were a whirlwind of mural painting (Campustown Mural, 2010 and the Kate Mitchell Community Garden Mural, 2012), apprenticing for a year with an herbalist (2010), writing her first book (Mend It Better, Feb 2012), starting a homestead, and a family. In the fall of 2012, she accepted the position of Exhibits and Collections Manager at the Octagon Center for the Arts, which she resigned from in the summer of 2014 to dedicate herself fully to her own art projects, business Little Woods, and family.

In 2013 she opened the first Roach Motel Zine Distro in Ames, IA (now in the Iowa Music Store – still going strong) and then in 2014 a second location in Des Moines, IA at the Des Moines Social Club (closed 2015). In April 2014 she participated in Art Vacancy and debuted her current series, Backyard Ecology, which she is continuing to develop and expand. In 2015 she created a new, more personal series of work for her solo exhibition, Cyclical, which explores themes of illness, decay, and motherhood.

Currently she is spending her time creating her next series of works about backyard ecology, doing outreach for the Intertwine project, running Little Woods and the Roach Motel, and studying traditional plant based medicines at the Herbal Academy of New England.