Kate’s adoption and journey to find her birth mother, is the inspiration for the works she will be exhibiting this year.
My collection is called ‘Not From The Stork,’ she explains. It came from spotting a piece of graffiti near Brick Lane in London. It was a picture of a Stork on vintage wallpaper, I photographed it, and later when I got home, I sketched a version of it. It’s an image that stuck in my mind. I decided it was the right time in my life to find my birth family.
My birth mother had me when she was 18. I learnt about her journey before having me, and the first six weeks when she was allowed to keep me before being adopted. I found out that she died when she was 60; I had missed my chance to meet her.’ I decided to dedicate my latest work in recognition and celebration of the journey that women go through to have a baby but then the unnatural separation that must follow. It must be stressed that I honour my adoptive parents and all others who adopt and foster.