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The Global Bothy   Chrysanthemums   Bedspread

Commissioned by the Scottish Storytelling Centre for a performance space (‘The Global Bothy’) this theatrical backdrop was made using appliqué, a method of decorative needlework in which fabrics were sewn on to a felt curtain; a variety of materials, including beads and braids, were used to create rich textures.

  This embroidered flower motif was commissioned for a wedding dress, inspired by an antique Japanese kimono covered in intricately embroidered chrysanthemums that was worn by the bride’s grandmother at her own wedding (shown together here).   An example of a handsewn patchwork bedspread. I also sew patchwork and woven ribbon cushion covers.
Collage   Workshops    
Frog collage   The Big Draw   Lorne Primary School

In 2004, I was commissioned to produce a series of works for display at the Royal Lyceum Theatre linked to their Christmas show. These collage images (materials include wire, paper, card) were reproduced, as a poster and as illustrations in the accompanying programme.

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I facilitate workshops, helping other people to play with their imagination and explore creative potential; my experience has included work with 7 – 14 year olds on projects that have ranged from a couple of hours to a week in duration.

I collaborated with Egyptian writer Charine Al Ansary at the 2005 Scottish Storytelling Festival, helping her audience to produce genie puppets using a range of materials (bath sponge, pipe cleaners, feathers etc).


In 2003 the Royal Lyceum Theatre ran a competition for Edinburgh schoolchildren to design Christmas decorations; I enabled the prize-winners, Lorne Primary School, to bring their ideas to life, with transparent window-panels that gave the theatre foyer a striking stained-glass effect.

"The pupils are very proud of handiwork and staff have also benefited from Kate's expertise, enthusiasm and instruction." Headteacher, Eastfield Primary School, quoted in The Scottish Educational Journal December 2004.

Stained glass window   Glass fusion frog   In 2006, sponsored by Scottish Arts Council, I studied processes and techniques involved in stained glass window-making at Vetrate Artistiche Toscane in Siena, Italy. It was a wonderful introduction to the magical qualities of glass, with which I look forward to experimenting in the future.
Stained glass window panel   Example of glass fusion    
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