Roach is inspired by turns of phrase, random facts, and miscommunicated ideas. Once something peaks her curiosity, research and material exploration guides the project to its final form. Though grounded in real life experience and research, her works become abstracted through the filter of her intuition and generate their own immersive environments.
2016 – 2019 Herbal Academy of New England
2008 B.F.A. Summa Cum Laude, Painting, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL
2005 A.A., Black Hawk College, Moline, IL
2002 Fine Arts Studies, Canterbury Christ Church College, Canterbury, England
exhibitions & projects
March | Into the Woodland | Little Woods Herbal, Ames, IA
- Opening Reception Friday, March 1, 6-8pm
May 16-18th | Craft Leftovers | Chicago Zine Fest, Chicago, IL
June | A Bevy: Studio Curiosities | Iowa State Design on Main, Ames, IA
Junk Mail Migration | Wheatsfield Cooperative, Ames, IA
Z.Archive Exhibit | UMass Dartmouth Claire T. Carney Library Archives and Special Collections, North Dartmouth, MA
Driving Midwest | Little Woods Herbal, Ames, IA
Junk Mail Migration, Morning Bell Roasters Gallery, Ames, IA
Intertwine Invitational, ISU Design On Main Gallery, Ames, IA
Begin Again, Story County Conservation Center, McFarland Park, Story County, IA -installation-*
Begin Again, Art Vacancy: Free Floating, Ames, IA -installation-*
Cyclical, ISU Design On Main Gallery, Ames, IA -solo-
Ames Community Art Council Showcase, Ames, IA
Ames is 150: Celebrating 150 Years of Ames History, Gallery in the Round, Ames, IA -juried-
Waxing Waning, Made Today , ISU Design West, Sioux City, IA
Experiments in Wax, CASA Studio Tour, Ames, IA
Mini Maker Faire Des Moines, Des Moines Science Center, Des Moines, IA
Roach Social Zinefest, Des Moines Social Club, Des Moines, IA -coordinator-
Ripples, curated by Tibi Chelcea, HATCH Art Gallery, Detroit, MI
Small Ames Big Aims, Wheatsfield Co-op, Ames, IA
Backyard Ecology, Art Vacancy, Ames, IA -installation-
Memitia, ISU Design on Main Gallery, Ames, IA
Driving Midwest, Arcadia, Ames, IA -solo-
Kate-Mitchell Community Garden Mural, Kate-Mitchell Elementary School, Ames, IA
Chicago Zinefest, Columbia University, Chicago, IL
ArtVend, Wheatsfield Co-op, Ames, IA -coordinator-
Bizarre Bazaar, Maker Faire, San Metao, CA
Campustown Mural, Campustown, Ames, IA -coordinator/designer-
Driving Midwest, Ames Progressive, Ames, IA -solo-
Craftwerk 2.0: New Household Tactics for the Popular Crafts,
Jönköpings läns Museum, Sweden
Mend It, Maker Faire, San Metao, CA
On Finishing, The Yarn Exchange, DeKalb, IL -performance/installation-
Driving Midwest, senior thesis exhibition, Pleasant Street Gallery, DeKalb, IL
Amalgamated Thread Benders Union, NIU Gallery 214, DeKalb, IL
Fashion and Labour Trade Show, Mess Hall, Chicago, IL -performer-
Commemorating the Night Shift Worker, Looptopia, Chicago, IL -performer-
Synchronized Sewing Squad, Links Hall, Chicago, IL -performer-
Conception, Pleasant Street Gallery, DeKalb, IL
2015 – 2016 “Intertwine”, Artist in Residence, Iowa State University, Ames, IA
2013 City of Ames Commission on the Arts Special Projects Grant, Ames, IA
2010 Keep Iowa Beautiful Grant, Ames, IA
Intertwine: To Knit, Sept 2015, Iowa State University, Ames, IA.
DIY Musical Instruments Zine, Sept 2014, Maximum Ames Music Festival, Ames, IA.
Cut, Staple, Stitch Zine, Sept 2014, Des Moines Science Center Mini Maker Faire, Des Moines, IA.
“Art Starts with Students: Laying the Foundation”, Spring 2014, 10-12, Ames Bulletin Board, Ames, IA.
Mend it Better, 2012, Storey Publishing.
Craft Leftovers Zine – 4 Volumes totalling 48 issues from 2007 – 2012, DeKalb, IL & Ames, IA.
A variety of knitting and craft patterns for Make, Craft, and Interweave magazines from 2008 – 2010.
2015 Visiting artist, Grand View University, Des Moines, IA*
2015 Panelist, “Artists’ Conversations”, Iowa State Fair, Des Moines, IA
2014 Juror, “Fine Arts Exhibition”, Iowa State Fair, Des Moines, IA
2012 – 2014 Gallery and Collections Manager, Octagon Center for the Arts, Ames, IA
2010 – current Founder, Non-profit arts organization Ames Collaborative Art.
2009 – 2010 Instructor, Iowa State University Workspace, Ames, IA
2009 – 2010 Instructor, Octagon Center for the Arts, Ames, IA
2009 – 2010 Instructor, Rose Tree Fiber Shop, Ames, IA
2007 “The Art of Craft”; panelist; BlogHer Conference, Chicago, IL
Kerrigan, Emily. “Daily Palette”, featured artist, University of Iowa.
Andersen, Gavin. “Art Vacancy exhibition premieres downtown Thursday”,
featured artist, Ames Tribune: April 23, 2014
Lawler, Joe. “What drives Kristin Roach to make zines?”, interview, Juice: Get the
Most Out of Your Free Time: August 19, 2014.
Welshhons, Celeste. “Iowa Music Store to host grand opening”, mention,
Iowa State Daily: September 18, 2014
Hafner, Josh. “YP Spotlight: Kristin Roach strikes artful balance as exhibits manager,
artist, craft blogger, author and mom”, interview, Des Moines Register:
December 2, 2014.
“Des Moines Mini Maker Faire showcases Iowans’ creativity”, mention,
Des Moines Science Center Blog, August 18, 2014.
Westrom, Tiffany. “Octagon’s Kristin Roach on her job, creativity blocks and art
education”, Ames Tribune: January 29, 2013
Ackerman-Haywood, Jennifer. “Q&A with Kristin Roach”, CraftSanity: Issue 6, p29
Malloy, Mike. “Mitchell Students Paint Community Garden Mural”, feature,
Ames Tribune: April 20, 2012.
Nading, Mackenzie. “Supporting Hometown Art”, mention, Iowa State Daily:
October 27, 2011, p8
Morain, Michael. “The Art of the Bazaar”, interview, Des Moines Sunday Register,
October 3, 2010: p1E.
Binder, Sarah. “Completion of Campustown mural spices up community”, feature,
Iowa State Daily: June 15, 2010, p20