Today our featured designer is..
Kate talks us through her story, passions and plans for the future..
"I studied fashion and textiles at Lincoln College of Art & Design in the mid 1990s, then followed my now husband to London and ended up working for a law firm! I'm still there 14 years later, but I realised a few years ago that I needed an outlet for my creativity. I kickstarted this with a short course at Chelsea College of Art, and I've now taken a number of short courses there in textiles, painting and ceramics."
"My real passion is surface pattern design, but I also like to knit and took up crochet earlier this year. I use my paintings and sketches to create pattern designs and translate these into designs for ceramics, cross stitch and all sorts of different things. I've recently opened a shop on Folksy."
"At the moment I'm working on some new fabric designs which I hope to launch in the new year, and I'm also preparing to launch my website."
"I'm constantly inspired by things I see around me. I particularly like the styles of the 1950s in fashion, textile and print design as well as architecture. Sometimes I'll spot something on the street, or it'll be an exhibition or something in a magazine that gets me started on something new."
"With regard to my creative process, I generally start with my photographs and make sketches based on them before creating paintings (usually acrylics, occasionally watercolour). I will then turn my painting into a repeat pattern on the computer. My 50s City design was just drawn, photocopied and pieced together (although I still worked from my earlier paintings initially). 50s City was screen printed, whereas Park Hill was digitally printed."