Kathryn Slaughter

Kate is a qualified Textiles Teacher and Textile Artist. Unfortunately, due to ill health Kate has resigned from teaching role in a secondary school and is rekindling her career as a textile artist.

Her inspiration primarily originates in Northumberland and Cumbria where she explores nature. She is a keen photographer and captures the colours, patterns and textures which are used to inform her textiles. The exploration of colour and texture is further developed through dyeing fabrics, threads and textured yarns, she combines colours using variegated dyeing techniques. French knots are her favourite way of adding texture within hand embroidery and are incorporated into many pieces of her work.

Fabric scraps and mixed media create the foundations for her embroidery; hand dyed fabrics are used to create the textures and hand dyed threads are embroidered into her work to add definition using both machine and hand embroidery. The heart of her work is created from very small pieces that are joined together to create a rugged background texture, representing how our lives are crammed with many things that we should bring together to enhance the quality of life.