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
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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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,
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
"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.