March Meet The Maker [week 4]

The last posts for #MarchMeettheMaker it’s been great taking part in this and I’ve really enjoyed seeing what other makers are up to as well. The prompts are so handy for coming up with ideas of what to post. If you’re a designer or maker and are considering giving March Meet the Maker a go then I highly recommend you do!

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Day 22 - Proud of


I'm proud of graduating from the Glasgow School of Art and of my graduate collection, both the designs and that I made it completely within the GOTS certification. It feels crazy that this is almost a year ago but it was such an intense moment of production and the work came together so quickly in the end. I remember not quite believing that I had got on to the course let alone graduating!

You can see the full collection here.


Day 23 - Top tip or advice

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I don't think KYE has been going long enough for me to be dishing out advice but in general: do what you love, keep learning and enjoy it! 🤗 


Day 24 - Customers / Feedback


Here's a wee bit of feedback from a Bespoke Wall Hanging. I really enjoy making these and love hearing about the reaction from the kids (and parents!). I'm just starting out and receiving any kind of positive feedback.. be it a review, an emoji comment on Instagram or messages of encouragement is so important. They keep me motivated and give me the confidence to carry on. Thank you for all the great support so far (but please keep it coming!!) 


Day 25 - How it’s made


A video from last year printing one of my pieces for my graduate collection. Think it shows the process pretty well (also wish I could print this fast!) .


Day 26 - Self care

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As with anything creative it is a bit of a rollercoaster...some days you have lots of lovely orders and great feedback and some days you are doubting everything you make. The best thing for me in the down dips are to chat to my wonderful pals (especially other creatives), they know exactly how you feel and know that you just need a wee bit of confidence. Also: coffee (can't wait to go back to fully caffeinated!!) ☕🤰 'Petals' risograph pictured, now available on my website. 


Day 27 - Anything Goes

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Just a little drawing for today.


Day 28 - Packaged

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My packaging is pretty boring as I try to avoid using plastic or too much paper...I wrap my wall hangings in recycled newspaper and then corrugated cardboard (with little bits of washi tape for a bit of colour!)

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Day 29 - Most difficult make

For most difficult make I thought I'd share some of my work from when I was studying in Japan. I had such a fantastic time studying at Tama Art University and I learnt so much in such a short amount of time. Learning complicated textile techniques in another language is always going to be a challenge but it was also so rewarding! 
Projects: EPSON watch strap and screen design > CMYK devore > black and white repeat > Katazome


Day 30 - Support

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Couldn't / wouldn't have done any of the work I've made through uni and after without this guy.☝️ Husband, super-supporter and best pal. Also, all my lovely family and friends who keep me right, you know who you are 😘


Day 31 - Product in use

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Last day of March Meet the Maker and I'm enjoying a lovely break on Skye. The prompt today is product in use. I don't have many product shots just yet but here's a couple of mothers day cards that have been sent to some wonderful mothers today 🤗


That’s it! Thanks for following along and for all the lovely likes and comments. Until next year!!

March Meet The Maker [week 3]

The third week of #MarchMeettheMaker. This was a fun week and I liked sharing what I’m working on and a bit about my design process.

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Day 15 - Motivation / goals


Quite a simple one today. I want to create textiles which 'do no harm' to the environment or people involved their manufacture. My goal is to build KYE as a design studio over many years, this is a long-term project for me which I hope will one day pay the bills as well! 
Here's a little collage from a project I've been working on recently. .


Day 16 - Workspace

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Here's my little corner of the world. Usually pretty messy if I'm honest! It's my desk, studio and print room all in one. I'm based at home at the moment but dream of a big studio and print space... one day!


Day 17 - What I’m working on

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I'm working on some new fabric patterns at the moment. Hoping to print these and make into some lovely products soon. What do you think? Do you have a favourite?


Day 18 - Mistake or Lesson

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My mind went completely blank for this #meetthemaker prompt and so here's a quote from Douglas Adams instead... "A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools."


Day 19 - Dream collaboration

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I was lucky enough to work with @kalopsiac with this collaboration last year. I printed this fabric and they made it into a fantastic dress and photographed it for their new collection of garments (check out their website as you can get so many lovely things made by them!) I enjoy working with people who share the same values as me...ethical and sustainably made textiles. Some brands I would love to collaborate with are: @peopletreeuk @thoughtclothing@love_and_squalor427 @kauniste_finland@merchantandmills .


Day 20 - Design process

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It always starts with drawing and collage for me. Here's a few snaps from my design process. I like playing with colour and shape on paper but I do use Illustrator to experiment with patterns and placement as much as I can before I decide on a print


Day 21 - Throwback

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I love a #ThrowbackThursday ! Here are some more of my works from my graduate collection. As textile designers we produce a number of samples whilst developing our collections. For my degree I wanted to continue to use this method of design exploration but I also wanted to reduce the amount of wasted fabric. I made all my samples in a square format which is half the width of a bolt of cloth. This meant that all my samples have a second life as they can be used as furoshiki: Japanese wrapping cloths and bags. I love this method of wrapping presents and carrying items. I learned many of the techniques for furoshiki whilst I was studying in Japan and I use them in my everyday life as well as gifts for friends and family. These squares are so versatile and it's nice to look back on some design experiments


Only 10 more days of March to go! I can’t believe how fast it is flying!

March Meet The Maker [week 2]

Are you taking part in #MarchMeetTheMaker? I am! And I thought I would share the first few posts here for those who might have missed out on Instagram (darn those algorithms!) Here is part 2, you can see all the posts here.

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Day 8 - Product range

It is very early days for KYE as a business so I have quite a small product range. There's the Bespoke Wall Hanging (chose your letters and pattern), the Mini Wall Hanging (your initial and choice of colour) and the Alphabet Wall Hanging (all the letters!). Oh, and just added to the shop the 'Petals' risograph print!

I'm hoping to develop a larger collection for later in the this space. .


Day 9 - Story behind the name


I've talked a little bit about this before but in case you missed it... 'Kye' (pronounced as in 'sky') is taken from the Cornish word for dog which was also the name of my pooch 🐕 when I was little. My dad then used the name for a computer game he created back in the 90s 💾. I was rubbish at playing the game but you could design your own levels and so I would use this feature to create patterns! You can still play Kye if you have a search on Google 🤓 (Wikipedia: Kye - video game)


Day 10 - You

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Mega-cringe! I hate having my photo taken and being 8 months pregnant isn't when you are the most photogenic! My poor husband had to take this picture and I'm not going to lie it took about a million attempts, an outfit change and some serious criticism of his photography skills (sorry Rob!) About me> I'm Kat! 31, originally from Cornwall and now living in the brilliant Glasgow. Pop fact: I used to work in music as an artist manager but I had a change of direction and ended up studying textiles at art school.


Day 11 - Reducing waste

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This is a really important part of my design process and values I want to keep central to KYE. I use woodblock printing for my textiles because I love the texture and unique quality of the print but also as a sustainable alternative to silkscreen printing. Woodblock printing uses less water and ink and completely eliminates the process of washing screens where ink is let into our waterways. I design my products to use the complete width of a fabric roll, everything gets used and all materials are seen as precious. I use recycled papers and limited packaging when shipping my products. 

When I was studying at @glasgowschoolart I was part of an excellent group of students who campaigned and supported sustainable design thinking. You can check them out at @re_ad_society 


Day 12 - Hands at work


Printing hands! A little video of me woodblock printing. You need steady hands for this and there's no room for error, I like the quiet nature of woodblock printing but it can be tough when there is a lot of printing to be done. I try to break it up with other tasks instead of mega print days to save my hands 🤲


Day 13 - Photography


Photography is definitely not my best skill! I take most of my photos on my phone but would love to get some more professional images of my work taken at some point. My studio is my tenement flat - best thing about these flats it the huge windows and massive amounts of natural light. 
This is the recent project I have shown you snippets of recently... A set of special cushions for a guest house in Italy (@le_mole_sul_farfa). I really enjoyed working on a brief to create these designs for such a beautiful space and I'm so happy with the results. You can see more photos here. Please get in touch if you have any projects that need unique handprinted textiles!


Day 14 - How I learnt

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I went to see the GSA Fashion Show this week and it was fantastic to see all the creations of the 2nd and 3rd year students. I studied on the same course: Textile Design GSA , and before that the GSA Portfolio Prep course. Here are my designs from the Fashion show in 2017. These were made before I started woodblock printing. The garments are all created from #furoshiki (square wrapping cloths) so that they could be disassembled after the show. I still have all the squares and can use for scarves, wraps etc. I'd love to make some more but woodblock printed. Maybe sometime soon!


Another week of Meet the Maker done! Two more to go. Glad I’ve managed to post everyday but still finding it quite hard to know what to post.

March Meet The Maker [week 1]

Are you taking part in #MarchMeetTheMaker? I am! And I thought I would share the first few posts here for those who might have missed out on Instagram (darn those algorithms!) Here are the first seven days. I think it’s a great project as the daily prompts make you analyse your work and all the different aspects of being a designer / maker.

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Day 1 - Favourite to Make


Favourite to make for me is big lengths of fabric! I'm a bit limited for printing space at the moment but I hope to make some more big pieces one day soon. This print was from my graduate collection made last summer and photographed in the beautiful Kelvingrove park 🌳🌲☀️


Day 2 - How you started


I have always been a dabbler in art and design but I finally made the leap to go to university and study Textile Design after completing the GSA portfolio prep course. I had a look back at my application on to that course and this was one of the paintings I submitted. It was painted whilst I was living in the beautiful South Island of New Zealand and working for the fantastic Artist's Room Gallery and @theframersroom in Dunedin. Those lovely people gave me the confidence to start making proper art again and set me on my way... ☀️


Day 3 - flatlay


Drying woodblocks and an alphabet print for day 3 of #meetthemaker. I seriously need to work on my ‘flatlays’ for next year! Everyone else’s seemed so professional.


day 4 - tools & Materials


As a printer my inks are one of the most important materials I use. There are so many different types of textile inks to chose from as a designer. I use Soil Association (& GOTS) approved water-based pigment inks that are made in the UK. I've talked a little bit more about these in my blog post today, check it out to find out more.


day 5 - detail or close up

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Here's a snap of a recent project. I love how woodblock printing has such a unique texture and it really highlights the fabric it is printed on. This fabric had quite an open weave and so really showed up the texture of the print. This is a cushion and part of a set of custom prints, I will share the full photos very soon!


day 6 - full or part-time


I have two hats! 🎩 Most of my time is spent designing and making (lucky me) but you can also find me each week at @balanceyogahealthglasgow where I work as a receptionist. It's a great job for meeting a variety of lovely people. Its also busy job...balance are a yoga studio but also they have chiropractors and other therapists and so there's lots of diary organisation! The best bit is that I get to go to the fantastic classes (currently enjoying Maureen's Saturday yoga class, she's saving my back!) 🧘

Here's my #risoprint 'Petals'. They just arrived this week and are available on my website now. Go have a peek!


day 7 - less glam side


Ironing is never glamorous! Things have to be nice and flat before you print and heat fixed after you print so I spend a lot of time doing this. The good thing is that it keeps me warm on cold Glasgow days the bad thing it can be a bit tedious. There's nothing quite as satisfying as a lovely pressed print. 


Wow that week went quickly! It’s been great seeing everyone else’s posts on the same topics, can’t wait to read more. Post your Instagram account below if you’re taking part so I can see your posts too.