AA2A Artist

Kate Whitehead

Artform:
Textiles
Year:
2023-24
Location:
Manchester
Email:
kt2go@live.com
Social link:
Project summary:

Artist Statement.

My work is a protest against the way textiles are consumed in western society. Tired of a world in which clothes are produced and thrown away without thought to the consequences; where the fashion industry and media impose identities on us. My rebellion is to go back to slower processes, embrace tradition, salvage the discarded, fix the broken.

In my weaving and embroidery I explore the potential of the forgotten, overlooked and abandoned. I revel in discovering humble, quiet fabrics like calicos and cottons; the more worn, faded and story-laden the better; and giving them a second chance. I take time to imagine the history of every piece, exploring its hues and tones, examining its tears and frays, weighing up its foibles

 

Project Summary.

During my residency I will be creating a collection of textiles that will be shown alongside a film that I produced last year.

Experience the profound essence of 'Kate,' an exquisite short independent film that weaves a mesmerising tale of one artists’ connection with the world, her craft, and her personal history. Through the lens of director Alex Crystal, with a score by Max Wilson, 'Kate' emerges as a poignant exploration of the red-thread that binds us all.

At its core, 'Kate' sets out to provide a glimpse into the rich tapestry of the textiles industry in the United Kingdom, but it effortlessly transcends its initial purpose. Delving deep into the life of Kate Whitehead, the film unearths her emotive relationship with materials, tracing her journey from childhood years through adolescence and into adulthood. It is a narrative that resonates with countless lives, yet remains wholly unique, often revealing moments of raw vulnerability.

The harmonious interplay between the visuals and the evocative soundtrack gracefully mimics the subtlety of the artist's work, enticing audiences to embark on their own introspective journeys. As the film unfolds, viewers are compelled to reflect upon their own craft and the myriad threads that have woven their personal timelines, ultimately leading them to their present-day selves.

Noteworthy is the fact that this  project was brought to life through the unwavering support of its contributors, who selflessly devoted their time, skills and passion. While 'Kate' may revolve around one individual, behind the scenes lies a joyous celebration of all those who have dedicated their lives to the pursuit of creativity, traversing the winding roads that have led them to their artistic, present-day destinations.

'Kate' resonates with profound sentiment and serves as a testament to the power of collective dedication, and the lives lived that lead to creativity.

Artist Statement.

My work is a protest against the way textiles are consumed in western society. Tired of a world in which clothes are produced and thrown away without thought to the consequences; where the fashion industry and media impose identities on us. My rebellion is to go back to slower processes, embrace tradition, salvage the discarded, fix the broken.

In my weaving and embroidery I explore the potential of the forgotten, overlooked and abandoned. I revel in discovering humble, quiet fabrics like calicos and cottons; the more worn, faded and story-laden the better; and giving them a second chance. I take time to imagine the history of every piece, exploring its hues and tones, examining its tears and frays, weighing up its foibles

 

Project Summary.

During my residency I will be creating a collection of textiles that will be shown alongside a film that I produced last year.

Experience the profound essence of 'Kate,' an exquisite short independent film that weaves a mesmerising tale of one artists’ connection with the world, her craft, and her personal history. Through the lens of director Alex Crystal, with a score by Max Wilson, 'Kate' emerges as a poignant exploration of the red-thread that binds us all.

At its core, 'Kate' sets out to provide a glimpse into the rich tapestry of the textiles industry in the United Kingdom, but it effortlessly transcends its initial purpose. Delving deep into the life of Kate Whitehead, the film unearths her emotive relationship with materials, tracing her journey from childhood years through adolescence and into adulthood. It is a narrative that resonates with countless lives, yet remains wholly unique, often revealing moments of raw vulnerability.

The harmonious interplay between the visuals and the evocative soundtrack gracefully mimics the subtlety of the artist's work, enticing audiences to embark on their own introspective journeys. As the film unfolds, viewers are compelled to reflect upon their own craft and the myriad threads that have woven their personal timelines, ultimately leading them to their present-day selves.

Noteworthy is the fact that this  project was brought to life through the unwavering support of its contributors, who selflessly devoted their time, skills and passion. While 'Kate' may revolve around one individual, behind the scenes lies a joyous celebration of all those who have dedicated their lives to the pursuit of creativity, traversing the winding roads that have led them to their artistic, present-day destinations.

'Kate' resonates with profound sentiment and serves as a testament to the power of collective dedication, and the lives lived that lead to creativity.

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