Back in January I wrote about meeting the inimitable Kate Davies.
Inimitable: so good or unusual as to be impossible to copy; unique.
This is Kate.
She’s so good, as in talented. But more than that, she’s good, as in kind, generous, warm-hearted.
Unique? Absolutely. A gifted wordsmith with an inquisitive mind. A designer and maker, author and historian, Kate is a creative force of nature who marches onward, despite a serious physical set-back, with ever increasing strides.
This I discovered while working with Kate on her recent publication ‘Inspired by Islay’.
Not content with producing a book of knitting patterns, Kate recruited a group of photographers, craft makers, linguists and artists to help distill the spirit of the island which means so much to her.
My role was researching and artistically responding to the geology of Islay. A glimpse of my work and findings are below. To see it in full you’ll have to buy the book, or pop into my studio for a look at my copy. Or, read more about the background of the piece on Kate's blog.
The passion and integrity behind every one of Kate’s projects is inspiring. Take,for instance, her new line of knitwear. Made in a historic mill in the Borders of Scotland Kate, and talented photographer husband Tom Barr, give us a glimpse into an often secret world of knitwear production and the people behind the finished garments. This woman doesn’t do things by half!
I truly feel as though I’ve met a kindred spirit.
Read about more commissioned artwork here.