What did you study at University?
I studied Printed Textiles and Surface Design in the mid 1990s. It was a great time for me to explore drawing as well as establishing my own design process, alongside practical print skills.I then studied for an MA in Book Art. This enabled me to develop my design approach in a fine art context, and combine my interest in visual communication and narratives / sequential design which still remains at the forefront of my practice.
What are you career highlights?
In education my career moment has to be now, as Course Director of BA (Hons) Textile Design, working with a really committed team to deliver the best degree course we can. I’ve just received my Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, that recognises my contribution to learning and teaching in Higher Education and this couldn’t have been achieved without this team. As a Designer I’ve worked on so many diverse projects, from designing artwork to be made in gravel, for three large roof-scapes on Birmingham’s QE hospital, to making books that have been bought by the Tate, and creating bespoke patterns for products with the Barbican Centre. I have enjoyed them all and learned lots at the time. Most recently having my designs on posters across the London underground network and in the London Transport Museum shop and archive feels hard to beat.
Interviewed by Sophie Hawkesford – Print Designer
BA (Hons) Textile Design Graduate 2014
In the wake of her recent win at the London Design Awards, I caught up with Textile Design Graduate, K A T E H O L L O W O O D, who creates bespoke sculptural lighting and vessels from her studio in Royal Leamington Spa, to see how her eponymous brand has developed since graduating in 2014.
Kate developed her composite material ‘ M A T R I X ‘ during a six week period of experimentation, whilst in her final year at Birmingham City University, specialising in Print. Testing and application led her to develop this material further to create a statement lampshade – a commission specifically for display on the collaborative G L O B A L C O L O R R E S E A R C H stand at the Interiors Show NEC, Birmingham, in 2014. Kate’s Matrix material and products continue to evolve, demonstrating thoughtful consideration for colour, form and contemporary design. Each of Kate’s pieces are made to order and as such all are unique and individual. Kate works carefully with her clients to identify aesthetic and practical requirements, to create striking and functional statement pieces for home and commercial interiors.
Last month we were delighted to welcome our former student Emma J Shipley, back to the School of Fashion and Textiles to talk to us about her impressive and inspirational career achievements to-date since graduating from BCU in Textile Design.
An incredibly talented, award-winning textile designer and graphic artist, specialising in fine drawing, luxury scarves and cushions, Emma was keen to share her experiences with our current students to offer lots of insight, tips and advice on the road to achieving success. Continue Reading