Announcing Kate Blee – Our 2015 International Visiting Artist


“Her dye stuff seeps into the cloth, guided but not quite controlled”

-(Rosemary Hill, 2004)

The Contemporary Textile Studio welcomes the renowned UK artist Kate Blee for a 3-day public workshop at our studio and an artist’s talk on Wednesday, June 24, at the Textile Museum of Canada, 55 Centre Ave. Toronto. Kate’s workshop will focus on discovering colour relationships through a spontaneous, reflective and playful process.  Using dyes mixed to a variety of viscosities, and exploring unorthodox methods of applying dye or pigment to textile, students will discover a personal and experimental process of working as well as an appreciation of imperfections and anomalies as they arise, and a greater understanding of the nature of cloth in relation to dye.

Kate says of her approach, “ it is not about a controlled and predictable, planned process from beginning to end, but about making an unpredictable and sensitive journey through process.”  The workshop will encourage you to be observant and spontaneous, playful and attentive as you explore the interactions of colour on cloth.


International Visiting Artist: Kate Blee


Colour/Cloth: A Playful and Delicate Process

Friday, June 26 to Sunday, June 28, 2015

10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Tuition: $330 + $50 materials fee + HST

Register here

Maximum 12 participants


Lecture: at the Textile Museum of Canada:

The Unpredictable Life of a Piece of Cloth

Wednesday, June 24, 2015, 6:30 p.m.

Admission: $10 (tickets available online)

Register here


Kate Blee studied at Edinburgh College of Art and then set up her own studio in London in 1986. Kate’s work is an exploration of colour relationships.  She is interested in the place where colours meet, and explores the movement of colour through its medium.  Her work is characterized by an elegant and deep understanding of colour interactions and rhythm; she allows for both irregularity and anomaly in her approach.

Kate Blee has been involved in a wide range of art and design projects including exhibitions, installations, and commissions as well as working with architects and manufacturers. She has worked with architects such as Sir Michael Hopkins, Studio 54 architecture, Avanti architects, Rivington Street Studio, Allies and Morrison and Wilkinson Eyre.  Her glass architectural installation for Canary Wharf shows her painterly approach to surface, while her outer glazed wall at Southmead Hospital employs colour rhythm on a large scale. You can see some of Kate’s work with Christopher Farr carpets here.

Her textiles have been produced with manufacturers including Sir Paul Smith, Donna Karan, Maureen Doherty and Christopher Farr. Her work is also in public collections including The Victoria & Albert Museum, The Craft Council (UK) and The Contemporary Arts Society (UK)

Canary Wharf

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