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Kate Farley


My practice has walked a line between fine art and design and between paper and cloth since graduating with a First class degree in Printed Textiles and Surface Pattern from Leeds College of Art in the mid 1990s followed by an MA in Book Arts from Camberwell College of Arts.

I have an established record of making and exhibiting artists' books and prints, as well as commissions of site-specific public art. My work can be found in collections including British Library and Tate. There is integrity in my exploration of image, pattern and visual language developed in conjunction with my interest in industrial and graphic design, craft and fine art.

Alongside an academic career of lecturing in Textile Design practice and theory I design my own-brand surface design collections as well as freelance design work. I enjoy the challenges that client briefs provide. I am particularly interested in pattern that can visually communicate information. Linking my interests of heritage design and brand identity I have worked with Corin Mellor and his team to create bold, graphic patterns inspired by the cutlery of David Mellor Design currently available on tea towels. New projects of a similar nature are in the pipeline.

I enjoy writing and researching in relation to my practice and regularly publish online articles on my interest in design heritage, creative processes and seeing through the eyes of a designer.