Thursday, 8 December 2016

The very end of 2016 and the very beginning of 2017


Taking a step back from this busy time of year to reflect on my creative journey. It really has been an incredible year with shows, galleries, exhibitions, installations and Hothouse16. December is a month for research. Looking forward to putting my new ideas into practice in 2017.

Thank you for your support

and my best wishes for the New Year
  
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Saturday, 29 October 2016

Weekend workshop at The Wonder Inn Manchester.





My Indigo and weave workshops are focused on seeing the potential in forgotten materials. You are invited to bring your fabric/ garments that have a special story, memory or meaning, that you will dismantle and have the opportunity to dip dye and to create a unique piece of weave to treasure. A time to get away from the fast pace of our digital lives and to embrace slow craft processors.

Each student will need to bring dress making scissors and any fabric brought needs to be Cotton, Cotton dyes best in Indigo. I will bring a selection of fabric also. Tutoring, Dye and Materials all included. 

Investment is £25 per workshop

This workshop will be available on Sat 19th Nov & Sun 20th Nov.
We have 2 seperate event pages, so please ensure you follow the ticket link for your preferred day.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/indigo-and-weave-workshop-tickets-28927598225






Monday, 3 October 2016

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

It's in the bag.

Posting my latest hand dyed & embroidered kimono to @designeventNE this morning.
Looking forward to seeing it  +CraftsCouncil  #hothouse2016 exhibition at assembly house, Newcastle.
Preview is on October 6th.
On show: 7 – 16 October, The Assembly House, 55 Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1SG.
Photos by Mario Popham








Thursday, 15 September 2016

Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair 2016
Old Granada Studios.
6-9th October
HotHouse Showcase - features early and mid career designer makers who have been selected for the Hothouse Maker Development Programme run by the Crafts Council.
Crafts Council Hothouse Alumni: #HothouseAlumni
KATE WHITEHEAD.
HA12

NORTHERN DESIGN EVENT 16




Kate Whitehead Textile Artist
NORTHERN DESIGN EVENT


A selection of work by the hottest makers from across the UK.
Featuring ambitious and talented makers and designers who have recently set up their studios, we are showcasing fresh ideas, craft, design and celebrating material culture, showing the work of makers with varied approaches, from throwing on the potter’s wheel with a colour-popping twist, to the marriage of drawing and machine embroidery.

Combining distinct craft skills with the careful selection of materials, this exhibition features stunning ceramics, jewellery, furniture and textiles by the names of the future.
Featured designers:
Jacky Puzey
Charles Dedman
Heather Scott
Kate Whitehead
Lauren Taylor
Hannah Tounsend
Arjan Van Dal
Victoria Dawes
On show: 7 – 16 October, The Assembly House
Monday – Wednesday 10:00 – 17:00
Thursday – Friday 10:00 – 18:00
Saturday 10:00 – 17:00
Sunday 11:00 – 17:00
Entry to The Assembly House: £2.50
Concessions FREE


Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Future Shows & Workshops 2016/17

Future shows & workshops...
17th-18th September - Needle & Thread workshops.
Indigo,Madder and weave.




6th-9th October - Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair
HotHouse Showcase - features early and mid career designer makers who have been selected for the Hothouse Maker Development Programme run by the Crafts Council.

7th -16 Oct - Northern Design Event
Crafts Council: Hothouse
In partnership with the Crafts Council, this exhibition will showcase work by emerging makers taking part in the 2016 Hothouse programme.

18th-19th February 2017 - Embroiders Guild Wales.
Indigo dye & weave workshops.

23rd March 2017 - Embroiders Devon.
Weave workshop

22nd-25th July 2017 - Cowslip Cornwall.
Exhibiting & Indigo dye & weave workshops.












Monday, 18 July 2016

Manufacture St Jean

During my week of teaching @ Crafty Retreats in rural France we had a day trip out to Aubusson.
Aubusson the International city of Tapestry & Woven Art. 
Manufacture St Jean was once a large Royal Factory called The House of Hamot that employed more than 600 weavers making both tapestries and rugs from the mid 19th Century until 1914. After the 1st World War the number of employees dropped to 100 and now only 10 work there.
It is like being in a time warp; huge rooms of dyed wools stacked floor to ceiling and horizontal looms made from huge tree trunks.








  

Crafty Retreats


New friends made & memories to keep while teaching natural dye and weave workshops @ Crafty Retreats in Mallety. A small and picturesque hamlet which belongs to the commune of Saint Léger La Montagne. It is found in the Limousin amid the forests and low mountains of the Monts D’Ambazac. 

http://www.craftyretreats.com/


 












Saturday, 18 June 2016

‪#‎Repost‬ @whitworthart

‪#‎Repost‬ @whitworthart 
・・・
This beautiful Kimono and Apron by kate whitehead arrived in the ‪#‎whitworthshop‬ yesterday. 


Kate describes her work as a protest against the way textiles are consumed in western society. Tired of the way clothes are produced and thrown away she explores the potential of forgotten fabrics, giving them a second chance. 
We have styled the pieces with our Andrea Zapp whitworth scarves and our @eleanor_bolton coil necklace. All available to purch
ase in the shop.
‪#‎galleryinthepark‬ ‪#‎thewhitworth‬ ‪#‎katewhitehead‬ ‪#‎ethicalfashion‬ ‪#‎textiles‬



The Whitworth Art Gallery

Thank you to The Whitworth Art Gallery for inviting me to teach a handmade weave session yesterday it was great to meet you all and for hanging my handmade garments in the shop. Looking forward to teaching again next Friday.

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Handmade Sessions at the Whitworth Art Gallery


Handmade

I am teaching two introduction to weave sessions
at the Whitworth Art Gallery
Friday 17th and Friday 24th June.
Handmade
Sociable craft workshops, produced by and for older people in partnership with Age Friendly Manchester
Come and try your hand at a range of traditional arts and craft skills from; woodblock carving, sculpture, printing, watercolour painting and many more. Each season we will focus on a different technique with an artist who will introduce and guide us through the processes. Enjoy a cup of tea and a chat as you try these taster sessions, we welcome all skills levels.
Booking essential as these sessions are very popular, with a limited number of places available. You will need to book for each session you wish to attend (Due to its popularity, you will not be able to book ahead for the whole season of Handmade) To book or for further details on Handmade or any other Age Friendly activities please get in touch with Claire Cowell, Age Friendly Cultural Coordinator.
claire.cowell@manchester.ac.uk
07776 170 688









Saturday, 4 June 2016

Crafts Council UK #Hothouse16 - It’s a ride I feel privileged and very grateful to have been able to take.

Crafts Council UK Hothouse 2016
The Crafts Council selected 41 maker businesses to take part in the six-month Hothouse programme, delivered in partnership across the UK. For 2016 makers cover a broad range of disciplines including twelve jewellers, twelve ceramists, seven textile makers and five furniture makers.
As the Craft Council’s creative and business development programme for up-and-coming makers; Hothouse has quickly established itself as a gold-standard professional development programme. 
It’s a ride I feel privileged and very grateful to have been able to take.
Like many textile artists, I work alone. Sometimes that can feel quite isolating; sometimes I feel like I’m losing my way. I wasn’t sure what to expect from the Hothouse programme, but I have to say that for me, the experience of mixing with other makers and taking part in different sessions has been an inspiration.
Defining your values, delivered by Claire Norcross and Emilie Taylor, gave me the space to get really clear what it is that motivates me; why I do what I do; and why I do it how I do it. 

A key element of my practice is that I work at a measured pace. I can spend ages on each piece, going to whatever lengths are necessary to produce work I’m proud of. I already knew this - but now I value it as a cornerstone of what I do, rather than beating myself up for not producing enough pieces.

Similarly, for me it’s imperative to produce work that’s entirely handmade in the UK, and to reuse fabric that’s been thrown away. Again, I knew this – but it’s good to have identified this as something central to what I do…something worth shouting about, even. 

Mark Sinker’s Putting the tyger back in the forest session helped me rewrite my artist statement, and that has already had a huge impact on my ability to get out there and promote myself.

Explaining my practice to other people has always been my idea of hell. It took me a long time to nail my statement; getting it right involves really pinning down what makes you tick as a maker. Now I have a firm basis from which to express what I do, both in the written form and verbally. 


These sessions have given me confidence. They’ve helped me define my identity as an artist. Hothouse has been an emotional rollercoaster at times - but all in all, it’s a ride I feel privileged and very grateful to have been able to take.
© 2016 Kate Whitehead.




Workshops 2016/17

Kate Whitehead workshops 2016/17

Indigo and Weave Workshops
My Indigo and weave workshops are focused on seeing the potential in forgotten materials. You are invited to bring your fabric/ garments that have a special story, memory or meaning, that you will dismantle and have the opportunity to dip dye and to create a unique piece of weave to treasure. A time to get away from the fast pace of our digital lives and to embrace slow craft processors.


Needle & Thread workshops
Eagle Hall,Lincolnshire
LN6 9HZ
Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th March 2016
10-4
‘The Beauty Of Poor Materials’
Indigo dye, weave & embroidery



The Whitworth Art Gallery
Oxford Road,
Manchester
M15 6ER
Friday 17th June 2016
Handmade Session-Handweave



The Whitworth Art Gallery
Oxford Road,
Manchester
M15 6ER
Friday 24th June 2016
Handmade Session- Handweave



Crafty Retreats
Luxury Residential Craft
Courses in rural France
Mallerty
St Lerger la Montagne
Limousin
France 87340
+44 (0)1566 776932
Friday July 8th-Friday July 15th
‘The Beauty Of Poor Material’
Indigo Dye, Weave & embroidery



Needle & Thread workshops
Eagle Hall,Lincolnshire
LN6 9HZ
Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th September
10-4
‘The Beauty Of Poor Materials’
Indigo & Madder dye, weave & embroidery



Embroiders Guild
North Wales
Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th February 2017
Indigo Dye, weave & embroidery






Thursday, 19 May 2016

Slowly.

I am slowly recovering from a nasty car crash I had driving into London a month ago, my car was written off. I have tendon damage to my left hand and nerve damage in my neck. I have been able to embroider and stitch with my right hand but have limited use in my left so haven't been able to do much weave. I am happy to be feeling a bit more on track, to have created some small woven pieces and am looking forward to joining Crafts Council UK ‪#‎Hothouse16‬ Scottish cohort on the 27th May . Exhibiting @ ‪#‎BoveyTracey‬ Contemporary Craft Festival & teaching weave & embroidery in France @ http://www.craftyretreats.com/ ...






Friday, 8 April 2016

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