Textile appliqué panel. Hand sewn, signed by artist 2020
Size: 40cm x 64cm
Framed with bespoke box frame in white wood.
Framed Size with mount: 64cm x 87cm
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British artist Kate Black creates work with an energetic, seemingly childlike aesthetic. Her work has been nominated for prestigious prizes including the Jerwood Drawing Prize and she exhibits internationally. With an ever-growing number of collectors around the world, Kate shows no sign of slowing down her prodigious output of creativity and ideas. These new collections form part of her recent catalogue exploring country life and have been commissioned exclusively by The Shop Floor Project.
Born in Walsall, an industrial town in the Black Country, Kate sites the history of the area as an enduring source of inspiration:
“I recall visiting The Black Country Living Museum from a young age and was instantly enthralled by the skills and crafts from the Industrial Age; rag-rugs, chain-making, life along ‘the cut’ (or canal), the workers’ cottages – it’s these places that act as a catalyst for ideas and inspiration when it comes to making artworks. Interiors of the cottages, the colours, structures, forms and shapes all inform the ingredients I use to make artworks, be it drawings, paintings, textiles or three-dimensional pieces.”
(above: Patchwork hanging, Ann West, 1820, England. Museum no. T.23-2007. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London)
The new Country Life collection includes large appliquéd banners featuring various figures from rural life in the 18th and 19th century. This new collection is inspired by the Ann West patchwork hanging at Victoria and Albert Museum from 1820. Depicting a mixture of biblical stories and scenes of ordinary people going about their daily business, this celebrated textile reveals a glimpse of life in rural England and Kate Black used this as a starting point to create her bold and colourful appliqué fabric pieces.
Each panel is hand-stitched by Kate in her studio in North Yorkshire using fragments of materials including ticking, cotton and felt. Milkmaids, haymakers, a farm cat catching a mouse, chickens and horse riders all carry out their daily tasks surrounded by geometric borders and fringing.
Each piece is signed on the reverse and initial stitched in each corner.