Approved: 16.08.2006

Kate Farley

Artist, Lecturer / academic

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Approved: 16.08.2006

I look, see & interpret the world I am interested in through drawing and printmaking processes to make images, patterns and surface designs. I am particularly interested in the translation of three-dimensional space to a two-dimensional page and explore diagrammatic languages of elevation, perspective and plan views in order to generate a new interpretation of place, space and pattern.

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  • Location: Birmingham, West Midlands
  • Activities: Higher education, Lecturing, Practice-based research, Public art, Graphic Design
  • Categories: Project, Drawing, Illustration, Printmaking, Textiles
  • Tags: bespoke, surface design, pattern, site-specific, wallcoverings, graphic pattern, 2D design, contemporary design, textile design, drawing
 

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    Biography

    I look, see & interpret the world I am interested in through drawing and printmaking processes to make images, patterns and surface designs. I am particularly interested in the translation of three-dimensional space to a two-dimensional page and explore diagrammatic languages of elevation, perspective and plan views in order to generate a new interpretation of place, space and pattern.

    The allotment, kitchen gardens, and the changing landscapes of Britain have been key inspiration in my work, resulting most recently in my 'Plot to Plate' collection of printed textile and paper products. Heritage, brand identity, and production methods are also huge factors in how I generate work, and how I communicate design ideas appropriately to each project with unique concerns. I have created work for laminates, wallcoverings, exterior hoardings & roofscapes, interior textiles, fashion fabrics, paper products and publications. I am able to work using traditional print and digital design methods.

    My wide and varied teaching practice enables me to experience the creative process of others and to participate in their development. I am fascinated by the diverse personal visual interpretations by individuals I have encountered and I find the teaching rewarding and complementary to my own creative practice. My art and design practice is inextricably linked, building a creative language with commercial awareness and market experience of public art & gallery projects, commissions & freelance design.

    CV & Education

    Projects

    • 2013 - Bespoke Surface Design, tea towels: David Mellor Design, celebrating the 'Chelsea' cutlery
    • 2013 - 'Plot to Plate' printed textiles for interior products, for solo show at Tinsmiths, Ledbury
    • 2012 - 'Plot to Plate' - surface design collection of printed paper and textile products inspired by allotments and kitchen gardens, showcased at 'Top Drawer', London

    Public realm

    • 2010 - MOLH Hoarding 'The Order of Things', Newhall Square, Birmingham, West Midlands
    • 2009 - Dedham, Creative Conveniences, Colchester Borough Council, public conveniences, Dedham, Essex
    • 2009 - Roofscape - New Hospital Project, Birmingham, University Hospital Birmingham, Birmingham, West Midlands
    • 2008 - Creative Conveniences, Colchester, Colchester Borough Council, Lion Walk, Colchester, Essex
    • 2007 - Site-specific wallpaper , Museum of Lost Heritage, Birmingham, West Midlands

    Solo exhibitions

    • 2013 - Kate Farley - Plotting Prints, Tinsmiths, Ledbury
    • 2003 - Kate Farley - Recent works, School of Art, Media & Design, University of West of England, Bristol

    Group exhibitions

    • 2013 - 'Kaleidoscope' RBSA Craft Gallery, Birmingham 
    • 2013 - Design Expo - Birmingham Made Me, Millennium Point, Birmingham
    • 2012 - Winter Warmer, Callendar House, Falkirk, Scotland
    • 2012 - MAC Christmas Craft Fairs, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham
    • 2012 - Design Expo - Birmingham Made Me, Mailbox, Birmingham
    • 2012 - Kitchen Garden, Bilston Craft Gallery, Bilston, Wolverhampton
    • 2010 - Print Biennale , RBSA Gallery, Birmingham, West Midlands
    • 2008 - International Contemporary Artists Book Fair 2001 - 2008, Dean Clough Galleries / Leeds University, Halifax / Leeds, West Yorkshire
    • 2002 - New Arrivals, South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell 

    Residencies

    • 2005 - Photographic installation, Brentside High School, London
    • 2004 - Timeline project, Sherborne House, Sherborne, Dorset
    • 2003 - Trust Art Project, South London and Maudsley NHS Trust, London

    Competitions, prizes and awards

    • 2008 - Action Research, site-specific wallpaper - hand and digitally printed, Birmingham City University, Birmingham Institute of art and Design
    • 2005 - 'Retro' category winner in the 'Design-a-Laminate, 2005' competition, Formica, London

    Educational experience - tertiary

    • 2005 - (0.6) Lecturer, BA (Hons) Textile Design (Printed Textiles), Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, Birmingham City University, Birmingham
    • 2005 - Associate Lecturer, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London

    Qualifications and training

    • 1998 - MA Book Art, Camberwell College of Arts, Camberwell, London
    • 1997 - BA (Hons) Printed Textiles and Surface Design, Leeds College of Art and Design, Leeds