Visual Communication Student Jennifer Katie

Liverpool-born artist and designer Jennifer Katie takes the stage this afternoon to bring us some creative inspiration from her university portfolio. Concentrating on embroidery and fabric work, Jennifer is currently in her third year studying Visual Communication at Leeds College of Art and is making the most of her remaining time as a student.

“I never thought I’d be focusing on embroidery and fabric as my main image making technique when I first came to university, but after finding myself frequently returning to the ways of the needle and thread, I decided to just give in! I love how relaxed stitching can make me and the slow nature of it means that my work often changes and evolves throughout the process. I always draw out my designs first whilst keeping in mind how they can be transformed into stitch and applique.”

“I love using old photographs for inspiration and my stitched postcards are something that started off the obsessive collecting of them. It’s wonderful to have all these old photographs and postcards from early 20th century and sometimes older to work from because I can imagine and wonder who these people were, what they did for a living, who their family were and so on. I collaged old photographs with stitched illustrations in my book Theriocephaly and replaced their heads with those a particular animal that I thought suited the original person in the photograph.”

“My most recent exhibition I’ve been involved is called Vision of Angria and it is inspired by the manuscripts of Branwell Bronte. It was brilliant to create work inspired by literature and it allowed me to delve into the life of Branwell and his characters in the Bronte’s fantasy world of Angria. The piece is a huge embroidered and lino printed piece that is almost as tall as me and a real challenge to work on such a large scale for the first time! The exhibition is up at the moment in the Stanley & Audrey Burton gallery in Leeds.”

“I’m currently concentrating on my dissertation about the uses of needlework in protests through the 20th century, but I find that my embroidering is a welcome break from staring at my screen. I’m itching to dive into my last big project at university for which I am unsure what I’m doing exactly, but I’m just enjoying the exciting beginning part of a project where I feel like anything is possible. I expect to be trying out some 3D work and I’m constantly trying to think of ways to do something unusual that makes people stop and stare.”

Jennifer Katie visual communication

Follow Jennifer Katie on her Website and Twitter @JenfaKatie.

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