Plymouth College of Art
2020 Graduate BA (Hons) in Textile Practices Final Major Project - Whimsical Cottage Garden Kay is influenced and inspired by nature and in particular her interest in Biophilia and the love of life and living systems to promote and enhance wellbeing in the home and workspaces, Kay has used the traditional Japanese technique of silk flower making called ‘Somebana’ and has mixed this with a combination of hand embroidery, embellishment, hand-painting, liquid embroidery and freestanding lace techniques. Her collection, Whimsical Cottage Garden is one of a series of participatory pieces that have used volunteers who have opened their gardens to Kay. . From her observations, she has created sheer bespoke drapes that allow the design and fabric to blend with nature. Her ultimate aim has been to bring the outside in 365 days a year, to clients who may be house-bound or for those that simply want to enjoy the outside all of the time . Kays designs also feature interactive elements with the addition of moveable, delicate yet tactile insects that add further engagement, playfulness and positive wellbeing. Kay aspires to complete an MA in Textile Design, and to be able to work as a textile artist. Full CV and Portfolio are available on request.
I have participated in quite a few exciting briefs whilst undertaking my degree. From Tessellation, Port Elliot, British tiles, Frugi briefs, to making Face Masks during the Covid-19 pandemic. I have had stalls at numerous craft events, the PCA stand at The Craft Festival & Ocean Markets, summer and winter 2019. I am really proud that I completed the Atlantic Youth Creative Hub course, which enabled me to learn all aspects of setting up a business. I have since set up a Social Enterprise Company to help communities through up-skilling and recycling household textiles. I am very excited and proud to see how my Social Enterprise will grow and communities will learn. I am an AYCH Ambassador, which means I get to network with other Ambassador's all over Europe alongside promoting the Atlantic youth creative hub to my fellow students. I started my degree with some experience in both machine sewing and embroidery, I had no idea of how many other processes there were available. I learnt so much throughout the first year and progressed each year learning new methods to apply to my practice. I have also learned to push myself out of my comfort zone, to experiment more and to be less stiff when drawing or sketching. I also gained confidence in talking and promoting my work through group critiques and live briefs.