Friday, 17 February 2012

Kate Farley – Plot to Plate design collection launch

Kate Farley – a freelance designer and member of the Interiors & Lifestyle Futures community – has her work included in a forthcoming exhibition at the Bilston Craft Gallery. In contrast to Kate’s large scale public arts commissions, this collection focuses on the home and the personal.

At a time of great awareness of home-grown produce and home-cooked food Kate has launched a brand new celebratory screen-printed design collection inspired by kitchen gardens and allotments of Britain.

Her surface designs are applied to both textiles and paper products, including bags, tea towels and notebooks, all hand-made, and will be first shown to the public as part of the ‘Kitchen Garden’ exhibition at Bilston Craft Gallery, the West Midlands, 18 February – 28 April 2012.

Surface design by Kate Farley
“Following in the foot-steps of mid-century designers such as Bawden and Ravilious, I have combined art, design and craft skills to create this unique collection of products featuring surface designs inspired by kitchen gardens, allotments and home-grown / cooked food,” Kate explained.

The title design feels like a contemporary classic already, mixing garden and culinary tools as a journey from ‘Plot to Plate’. Other designs in the range feature planting plans and patterns evocative of the vegetable patch. This body of work has stemmed from a series of prints and drawings of the same subject made over the last few years featuring both private sites and National Trust estate gardens.

Kate's hand made notebooks 

Kate carries out public art commissions, an extensive range of freelance design work and lectures at Birmingham City University.

Kitchen Garden exhibition: Bilston Craft Gallery