Meeting Marthe Armitage
Kate Farley – drawn to design | a scrapbook of ideas and interests
by katefarley
1M ago
As a result of my current pattern research practice, I’ve been keen to get out and discuss print production methods with designers and manufacturers, particularly as I was restricted in doing so while writing my book during the pandemic. A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to visit designer Marthe Armitage in her showroom in west London, showing her my sketchbook / design work and discussing each of our design and production processes.  I’m not sure when I first became aware of Marthe’s patterns on wallpaper and cloth, but I’ve used her designs in my university lectures for the la ..read more
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Research chapter published: pattern evolution
Kate Farley – drawn to design | a scrapbook of ideas and interests
by katefarley
3M ago
In the first term of arriving at Norwich University of the Arts I was welcomed as a member of the Pattern and Chaos research group. Colleagues from across the university would meet and discuss individual research practices and shared ambitions relating to the themes of the group. During one of those early meetings the idea of a Reader, a book featuring many contributions on the themes related to the research group, was being discussed. I enjoyed being involved in setting out early ambitions and five years on the book, edited by Sarah Horton and Victoria Mitchell, is a reality, having been publ ..read more
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Industry and education working together
Kate Farley – drawn to design | a scrapbook of ideas and interests
by katefarley
4M ago
I’ve been busy with lots of teaching activities recently including schools outreach workshops, and a teacher training session alongside my main teaching on the BA Textile Design course at Norwich University of the Arts. Last term was full of varied teaching projects and a highlight for me was to work again with two of my graduates from the last institution I worked at, Birmingham City University, in their design roles at Sainsbury’s / Habitat, leading an industry brief for my current BA3 group. One of my absolute passions is to bring industry together with education, for everyone to learn ..read more
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London pattern and surfaces
Kate Farley – drawn to design | a scrapbook of ideas and interests
by katefarley
6M ago
Each time I visit London I enjoy spotting the iconic patterns and designs on the underground as I rush through the tunnels and rattle along on the trains. This weekend I had my first trip on the Elizabeth Line and enjoyed seeing the Wallace Sewell moquette upholstery. I always enjoy seeing the tile designs across the network too, especially the designs at Tottenham Court Road by Eduardo Paolozzi. Having lived in London between 1997 and 2005 I became very familiar with the network but over the last decade there has been so much change I was at times completely thrown by he updates. I hope you e ..read more
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Catching up with pattern
Kate Farley – drawn to design | a scrapbook of ideas and interests
by katefarley
7M ago
It’s been a while since posting here, but I’ve been busy enjoying summer adventures and developing exciting pattern research alongside getting the academic year underway. I’ve also moved in to a new studio space so I’ll share that in due course. My pattern research focusing on the repeat print block and how it can be used to generate multiple variations to evolve pattern options continues, with sampling with screen and lino printing. I thought I’d share the more structural outcomes here, linking back to my book art practice. I enjoy discovering links that connect the broader practice I’ve deve ..read more
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REPEAT panel and contributor book signing
Kate Farley – drawn to design | a scrapbook of ideas and interests
by katefarley
10M ago
It’s been a while since I last wrote here – the summer term at university has been very busy, … I’ve hosted an Industry Awards Day, assessed a lot of work, put up a degree show and taken students to the graduate showcase of New Designers in London, to name a few activities, so not much headspace I’m afraid. In the middle of all that I agreed to chair a panel at New Designers titled Contemporary Printed Textiles and Surface Design Practice. I had the amazing designers Emma J Shipley, Sarah Campbell and Deborah Bowness as panellists, sharing their expertise – all three designers are interviewees ..read more
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Pattern project potential
Kate Farley – drawn to design | a scrapbook of ideas and interests
by katefarley
1y ago
I’ve been keen to get back to designing and printing having spent my practice time writing and developing the book for publication over the last few years. I’ve been testing ideas of pattern evolution and pattern construction for some time in a limited way, specifically looking at pattern structure evolution through drawing investigations, but the ideas at the heart of this investigation have themselves evolved over the last couple of years. With more time and fresh energy I’ve defined a new project brief and research rationale, and I’m excited to have got off to a good start. I’m looking at r ..read more
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Inspiration old and new, near and far
Kate Farley – drawn to design | a scrapbook of ideas and interests
by katefarley
1y ago
I led a study trip to London with some undergraduate students recently, where I spent several hours in the Victoria and Albert Museum. Having not been there for a while it was fabulous to be back in the company of old friends such as the Arts and Crafts textiles of William Morris and his contemporaries, as well as seeing exhibits new to me. I love the building too and took particular enjoyment in the flooring this time around! I refer to Arts and Crafts patterns regularly in my teaching and was able to include some fine examples in chapter 1 of the book I’ve written, REPEAT Printed Pattern fo ..read more
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Publication day: REPEAT printed pattern for interiors
Kate Farley – drawn to design | a scrapbook of ideas and interests
by katefarley
1y ago
Here we are, the book project is complete with publication in the UK and US today. It’s been a journey! With the first thoughts of writing a book about pattern back in late 2015, the development of some draft scopes, the contract signed with Bloomsbury in early 2019, a first draft of Chapter 1 delivered in late 2019, a global pandemic from 2020, unscheduled health issues requiring hospitalisation & surgery in 20/21, final manuscript submitted in June 2021, and proofreading / layout until June 2022 I have had to be very focused and patient – and all this while leading two degree courses unt ..read more
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Repeat Printed Pattern for Interiors
Kate Farley – drawn to design | a scrapbook of ideas and interests
by katefarley
1y ago
The process of writing a book has been a long one for me, but we are a step closer to publication … January 2023. I can’t quite believe I am an author of a book! I’ve recently received the pre-publication inspection copies and I’m so excited to be able to share the first glimpse. I’ve been really touched by the initial responses from the contributors who have been receiving their copies, who without them, this project wouldn’t have got off the ground. I’m waiting patiently till the new year, but here it is, the beautiful cover, featuring the pattern Bloomsbury Garden by Timorous Beasties. The ..read more
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