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.
In 2017- 2018, private commissions have brought the work back to the land based on the summer moors and heathers in the Peak District and of remembered landscapes and places in the beautiful Isle of Purbeck, Dorset. After working in gold for a few years, the challenge of colour and texture is creating new ideas and ways of working. It's easy to think that re-creating past methods would just slip into place but it's not like that at all and the evolution is proving to be interesting...as if it's happening from a fresh viewpoint.
Availability of Work
By commission - please contact the artist directly. Studio visits may be arranged.
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