About Kate Farley

I am busy doing lots of things that combine my interest in drawing, pattern, design and education. I make works on paper as unique and limited editions while designing patterns for surfaces including textiles, laminate and beyond.

I carry out commissions with a particular interest in bespoke pattern design to visually communicate brand identity and place.  Clients / projects include posters & prints for Transport for London and London Transport Museum, a retail collection of products for the Barbican Centre, pattern design for tea-towels for David Mellor Design celebrating their cutlery, a bespoke print for a Japanese fashion brand and site-specific large-scale surface designs on roofscapes at the QE hospital in Birmingham. I have also worked on a book art project with publisher, Design for Today celebrating Edward Bawden’s love of gardening resulting in a sculptural artists book of lino prints. My work is in international collections including Tate, British Library and Yale Centre for British Arts, USA.

As a designer based in England my design practice runs in tandem with my academic career. I am currently Associate Professor of Design and Course Leader of both the BA Fashion & BA Textile Design courses at Norwich University of the Arts. My academic practice-based research explores the notion of pattern communication as narrative through printed design structures. This combines my interest in traditional pattern making, cultural heritage and contemporary design opportunity. I write and present research at symposiums and conferences, including presenting for the Royal Town Planning Institute on the subject of taste and aesthetics, and most recently at the Motif Tsunami at Nottingham Trent University on the subject of pattern as motif potential.

I have launched collections under my own brand: Plot to Plate (2012), Construct (2015) and Threads (2016), working with British manufacturers including Formica, the Window Film Company and Surface View. I also license pattern designs for fashion and interior applications.

I was born and bred in Norfolk, hence a lot of flat landscapes throughout the blog… enjoy!






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