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Transition Member: Kate-Lucy Cottam

Kate is a UK based textile artist and designer who specialises in hand weaving. She graduated from Falmouth University in 2013 with a BA in Textile Design and went on to study at Masters level in 2017 at UCA Farnham. While in her last year at Falmouth Kate won the Bradford Textile society 1st prize Clothworkers’ foundation award for a woven fabric for mens or womenswear. 

“They encompass mood and narrative through use of colour, structure and choice of yarn.”

 

Since university Kate has worked as a freelance woven textile designer and worked within local community arts and craft organisations.

Kate’s woven collections and one off pieces are delicate and intricate; they encompass mood and narrative through use of colour, structure and choice of yarn. She draws inspiration from a wide pool but mainly Kate is interested in how we see and view art, craft and colour and translates this into abstract hand painted woven textile pieces. 

 

Artist Statement

My work is mainly about an investigation into colour, visual perception and increasingly I am interested in the visual representation of the  fragility of memory. I investigate colour through the use of woven textiles and paper weaving, and aim to evoke a sensitive kind of seeing through this medium. I work towards an outcome that is ambiguous in nature; one that allows the viewer to negotiate and discover a personal happening on the visual senses. I have been influenced by Abstract Expressionist and Colour Field painters such as Helen Frankenthaler and Rothko who’s works of art are vast swaths of colour that are said to be a ‘simple expression of complex thought.’

Within my practice I use fine silk filament yarns, reflective yarns and hand painted or dyed yarn to create a visual stimulus, the yarn I use is hand dyed or painted in a variety of methods and woven in subtle single and multilayered structures that react to ambient changes and create atmospheric nuance. My woven pieces initiate and develop from found deconstructed magazine images which are then woven together, making two images one, the obvious ambiguous and meaning in flux. This is then deconstructed further into abstract colour studies with a concentration on hue, chromaticity, saturation and value which in turn I translate into a woven piece of art. 

I explore how cloth can become something visual,  how it can appear different depending on the time of day or type of light or where the viewer stands. Reflecting light and casting shadows. The fragile quality of my work aims to enhance the viewers experience of it – one can physically see the craftsmanship, the working of the warp and weft and subtle use of dye adds to the experience of a textile collection of art work. 

 

 

 

Materials

The themes I explore within my woven practice is reflected within my choice of materials; I am often drawn to the lightest of yarns, enabling me to almost create a moment in time with colour. My use of filament allows the colour to almost float in the air, catching the light from different angles and generating a visual response from the viewer. 

New Materials

For this new body of work I have incorporated a different cotton yarn – in replacement for the silk. This is mainly for practical purposes and for the aesthetic – I wanted to have a heavier base fabric to accentuate the lightness of the filament. This base fabric would also allow me to have the option of stretching over a frame.

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