Kate was born in Truro, Cornwall in 1970 into a family of
artists. After completing an Art Foundation course in Plymouth, she
then went onto graduate from Bristol Polytechnic in 1992 with a BA
Honours Degree in Fashion/Textiles Design.
Since then she has developed and flourished creatively as an artist,
moving on from designing knitwear to her current work, collage landscapes
She has taken her passion for colour, fabrics, textures, the Devon and
Cornish coast and countryside and her love of Dartmoor and put them into
a melting pot of ideas. The result is totally unique.
Working from photographs, sketchbooks and memory, she uses handmade
paper, card, cotton, denim and silks, all hand cut, torn, frayed, shredded
and burnt to create an image executed with precision. Other materials found
within the pictures are often sourced and collected on walks in and around
the actual location of the image. These range from lichen, seaweed, bark
and leaves, to heather, grasses, flowers and feathers. Using theses organic
materials add an authentic quality to her work.
The excitement of discovering new materials is immense. I am always seeing
alternative things within them such as denim and feathers for the sea and
crashing waves. If you study a leaf or a piece of bark it becomes so many
other things, a cliff, trees, a ploughed field or a rugged Tor. The colours,
lines and textures are already there. The ordinary becomes the extraordinary.
It is this approach, attention to detail and the intricate application of the materials that make her work so unusual and exclusive.
Kate has fulfilled numerous commissions and has had work exhibited throughout the Southwest
including Open exhibitions at the St. Ives Society of Fine Artists and The Southwest Academy
of Fine and Applied Art. She has been producing originals for the Fine Art publishing company,
De Montfort Fine Art since July 2011.
The South West Academy of Fine and Applied Arts
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