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Kate Farley

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I have an established record of designing for a wide range of contexts and surface design outcomes with a particular interest in pattern as visual communication and brand identity. My practice is built upon site-specific and bespoke approaches, tailoring design solutions for clients including London's Barbican Centre, Transport for London, Birmingham Airport and NHS trusts resulting in designs for large scale exterior schemes, interior surface outcomes, book works, posters and products for retail. KF profile picture

There is integrity in my exploration of research, image, pattern and visual language developed in conjunction with my interest in industrial design, heritage, craft, fine art and graphic communication. I undertake freelance design work and have also developed my own design collections for interiors and home-ware products, working with manufacturers including Formica, The Window Film Company & Standfast and Barracks, exhibiting to international audiences at trade shows.KF collaborations

Drawing and printmaking are fundamental to the development of my visual language for projects and I have exhibited works on paper throughout my career. My practice has walked a line between fine art and design and between paper and cloth since graduating with a First class degree in Printed Textiles and Surface Pattern from Leeds College of Art in the mid 1990s followed by an MA in Book Arts from Camberwell College of Arts. I have been making and exhibiting artists' books and works on paper for over twenty years. Most recently 'Gardening with Mr Bawden' was published by Design for Today. My work can be found in collections including British Library, Tate and Yale Centre for British Arts, USA.KF prints

I have led an academic career in tandem with my design practice enabling me to research, write and present on a range of design subjects including Gwen White for the House of Illustration's Women in Print symposium, Pattern Potential & Branding at Nottingham Trent University's Motif Tsunami Symposium, Taste and Aesthetics in the Built Environment for the Royal Institute of Town Planners and Tibor Reich - the designer, for exhibition research at Birmingham City University. I am currently Course Leader for BA Textile Design at Norwich University of the Arts. My book 'REPEAT Printed Pattern for Interiors' is published by Bloomsbury in 2023.

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