Kate is an Australian artist specialising in limited edition linocut prints in black & white and colour. She uses native birds, flowers and domestic items to make her highly patterned and decorative prints.
She trained as a textile designer at the Central School of Art & Design in London and worked freelance for 6 years before migrating to Australia in 1990 with her young family.
Kate became involved with her local Living & Learning Centre teaching a variety of art & craft subjects and rediscovered linocutting when asked to teach it. She started with cards and then moved on to larger prints.
She is primarily interested in the patterns and colours of the plants & birds she uses in her prints. She draws influence from Japanese woodblocks, Art Nouveau, the Arts& Crafts Movement and printmakers such as Margaret Preston.
Kate does all her drawing, designing and block carving in her Eltham studio. She does her printing on the wonderful Albion and Columbian presses dating from the 1880’s at the Australian Print Workshop in Fitzroy where she had a Collie Print Trust Emerging Victorian Printmaker Scholarship in 2005.
All Kate’s colour linocuts are reduction prints. Multi coloured prints are produced by carving 1 or 2 blocks for all the colours used. More of the printing surface is removed after each colour has been printed.