Kate Aggett SWAc collage artist
Kate was born in Truro, Cornwall in 1970 into a family of Artists. After completing an Art foundation course in Plymouth in 1989, she went on to graduate from Bristol Polytechnic in 1992 with a BA Honours Degree in Fashion/Textiles design. Since then she has developed and flourished creatively as an artist, moving on from her beginnings as a knitwear and textile designer to her current position as a fine artist.
Working from photographs, sketches and memory she creates beautiful images based on scenes from the Devon and Cornwall coastline. She has an abiding passion for colour, fabric and texture, which is key to her unique collages. She uses handmade paper, card, pastel papers, cotton, denim and silks, all hand cut, torn, frayed, shredded and burnt to create an image executed with great dexterity and precision. Other ingredients found within the pictures are often sourced and collected on walks in and around the actual location such as lichen, bark, leaves and feathers. Using these organic materials give an authentic quality to her work.
‘The excitement of finding new materials is immense. If you look closely and study a leaf or a piece of bark it becomes so many other things, a rugged cliff, tree or a ploughed field for example. The colours, lines and textures are already there. The ordinary becomes the extraordinary’.
It is this innovative approach, attention to detail and the intricate application of the materials that make her work so unusual and exclusive.
Kate has fulfilled numerous commissions, has had work exhibited at various exhibitions and galleries throughout the southwest and has produced originals for the De Montfort Fine Art Whitewall galleries which are nationwide. She was elected as an academician at the South West Academy of Fine and Applied Arts in march 2013 and became one of their Trustees in 2015.