Currently Exhibiting: Kate Slaughter

A Woodland and Meadow Walk

The forests and fields of rural Northumberland are the main source of inspiration behind Kate Slaughter’s textile collection, exhibiting at Gallery Forty5 this Autumn.

An appreciation of nature has always been a large part of Kate’s life. She recalls fond memories of “walking through bluebell woods with my grandmother, I was in awe of their colour and beauty. Primroses, forget-me-nots, red campion and bluebells were the flowers that kindled my initial love for wild flowers as these were the flowers that she loved and would encourage me to indulge in their splendour and beauty. Today my escapism is achieved through long walks in the countryside; time to stop, look around and appreciate our surroundings.”

This love of nature photography and walking comes into play in her various forms of expression through fabrics and hand-made materials. Kate herself is involved in every aspect of the creative process, from dying the threads by hand to crafting intricate mixed-media pieces that pay tribute to her love of the beauty in nature.

Throughout Kate’s life, textiles have played a massive part, from machine embroidery and weaving, to dressmaking and more recently a burgeoning interest in crotchet. This has lead to Kate teaching a range of textile art courses across Northumberland, including running a National Open College Network accredited course in Creative Needlework as well as soft furnishing and creative embroidery.

Kate Slaughter is currently exhibiting in The Long Room at Gallery Forty5 until the 26th of November 2020. You can find her online at Kate’s Kloths.