About the Author

Kate Whitehead
Blurbarian Since July 2013
Name Kate Whitehead
My Web Site www.kate-whitehead
Location Hebden Bridge
Gender Female
My Occupation Textile Designer
My Bio The collection was inspired by the urban environment in which paper designs on walls are found- city back streets and abandoned, forgotten and overlooked items. The collection involved patching and mending and has a feel of materials found, restored and repaired. During research I discovered a mending technique known as “Boro”. Boro translates to Rags and Tatters and originates from the North of Japan. It is the practice of treasuring, re-using and recycling textiles. I have chosen poor materials because they are overlooked in favour of more fashionable fabrics. I consider poor materials to be beautiful in their own right- they are humble and honest. I have used a selection of waste paper, calico, various salvaged fabrics and vintage curtains from charity shops and flea markets. My work is stitched, patched and dip-dyed.

Books by this author

Things I Don't Mind The World Knowing

Spoiler alert: I'm thinking my next book will be about...
I showed my textiles at New Designers 2013, i had a lot of interest in my work. Many viewers said that it was inspirational to see a picture book without text. My next book will also be images of poor materials.