Kate Wells has over 40 years in studio practice, exhibiting, teaching, making embroideries and drawings.
Across all materials Kate makes fine work, detailed with observations of the natural world, treasures found in museums and collections and inspired by poetry and the written word.
It's about balancing space and light, an engagement with nature through drawings and collages on paper and embroidery.
Sketchbooks form the core of observation with notes made at exhibitions, drawings on journeys, during concerts and on walks across fields and shorelines. In the studio, these are revisited and developed allowing the work to evolve and take on new dimensions. Through sampling, themes come together to develop collections and groups of related works.
Kate uses hand and machine embroidery - in particular using the Singer 'Irish' Industrial machine for free machine embroidery.
GOLD - a collection of beautiful gold machine embroidered lace fabrics made on dissolvable fabric and also on silk crepeline initially inspired by the works of Medieval goldsmiths and jewellers. This developed with 'At Your Feet', 'Dip Your Mind in Gold' (Lincoln Labyrinth Festival in 2014) and 'Field of Gold' (private commission) in 2015.
BACK TO THE LAND - based on the summer moors and heathers in the Peak District and walks around Purbeck, Dorset. These collections include small works full of detail and subtle colours and textures. 'Three Walks around Worth' (2020) celebrates a family era in Worth Matravers, headland paths, and a beautiful garden.
WORK FOR CHURCHES - stoles and work for churches can be commissioned. Please contact the artist.
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