BA (Hons) Textile Design // Glasgow School of Art ’18
Kat is a textile artist based in Glasgow. Her approach to the design process begins with colour and pattern. She is guided by intuition and exploration of the materials she is using. Each item she makes is unique and this approach enables her to keep a freshness in her work, always pushing for new colour, pattern and material combinations.
Kat’s process is a slow and considered one which looks back at textile history and traditional printing methods, while at the same time using contemporary design techniques. She developed her own method of block printing during her time at art school in Glasgow. She prints by hand using Soil Association Organic textile inks, enjoying the precision and concentration needed along with the special quality of block printed marks.
Her passion for sustainable and ethically produced textiles is key to her work and her inspiration reflects this; looking at the natural world and man-made influence upon nature. Kat grew up by the coast in Cornwall and this landscape has forever played a part in her design aesthetic. She loves to visit Scottish national parks and coasts to find more inspiration.
Last year, Kat set up KYE Studio – based in the bustling Barras market in the East End of Glasgow – with the objective of creating printed textile products that have a minimal impact on the environment, each one imbued with uniqueness and longevity. Working from field sketches she uses paper cut-outs and collage to develop ideas, creating vibrant palette and pattern combinations which evolve into her playful prints.
She block prints her designs by hand and combines these with other fabrics to create one-off artworks and homewares. Her material collection is gathered from a range of sources and includes remnants from Scottish textile mills. These unique and quality pieces of cloth bring inspiration and ingenuity into her textile designs.
In addition to participating in several exhibitions in Glasgow, Kat has also exhibited her work in Tokyo – where she studied at the Tama Art University as part of an exchange placement. During this time, she won both the Soutou Tenegui and Epson Seiko Design awards (2016). More recently, her work has been recognised by the Kalopsia Open Call (2018) and Little Art Company Design (2017) awards.
Quilt (linen and cotton)
61 x 73 cm
BA (Hons) Textile Design, Glasgow School of Art.
Exchange Placement, Tama Art University, Tokyo.
Fashion Revolution Hub, COLAB, Glasgow.
Art Lovers Cafe (Studio Pavilion), Glasgow.
2020 Showcase, Sixfoot Gallery, Glasgow.
Open Studios, Shed Spaces, Glasgow.
Selected Work, Tama Art University, Tokyo.
Studio Pavillion Shed Spaces, Glasgow.
Kalopsia Open Call
The Little Art Company, Design winner.
Soutou Tenegui, Design winner.
Epson Seiko, Design winner.
Talks and Workshops
Enterprise Studio Summer School Facilitator, Glasgow School of Art.
Zero Waste Pecha Kucha, Locavore, Glasgow.
Fringe Fashion Week Talk and Furoshiki Workshop, Glasgow School of Art.
‘A Glasgow Textile Library?’ – Material Choices & Impact, Glasgow School of Art.