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Kate Farley


I have an established record of designing for a wide range of outcomes including posters for Transport for London, site-specific pattern for Birmingham Airport and a book for Design for Today. Site-specific and bespoke pattern design are key to my practice, working with clients such as London's Barbican Centre, NHS trusts and David Mellor Design. There is integrity in my exploration of image, pattern and visual language developed in conjunction with my interest in industrial and graphic design, craft and fine art.

Drawing and printmaking are fundamental to the development of my visual language. I am particularly interested in pattern that can visually communicate information, linking my interests of heritage design and brand identity. 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. My work can be found in collections including British Library, Tate and Yale Centre for British Arts, USA.

Alongside an academic career of lecturing in Textile Design practice and theory I design my own-brand surface design collections and undertake freelance design work. I enjoy writing and researching in relation to my practice and publish online articles on my interest in design heritage, creative processes and seeing through the eyes of a designer.