Using recycled materials Kate Kato tries to capture the delicate detail and beauty found in nature.
Kate’s work is influenced by plants, insects and found objects which she recreates as intricate, life-sized sculptures and arranges carefully into collections and dioramas.
She has always been fascinated by the natural world and documenting what she discovers has become her main motivation for creating her work.
Kate is influenced by her love of botanical illustrations, the natural sciences and the nostalgia of museum visits where, as a child, she would be mesmerised by the variety of exhibits and the way they were displayed. She tends to view her work as a 3D record of her knowledge and experiences of the natural world.
She works mainly with paper as this is a medium Kate has loved and used since she began her creative practice, however she also uses wire, thread and fabric. Her work is created using a range of techniques including carving, wire work and embroidery. She loves the changes in colour and texture created by the variety of materials and techniques she use,s helping to make the sculptures more lifelike.
For Kate her work can be very nostalgic, taking her back to her childhood and the curiosity that fueled her creativity. She uses materials in a way that provokes this curiosity in the viewer too by leaving sections of the original object visible in the new sculpture.
Kate’s work aims to encourage curiosity in nature and promote an awareness of the environment. She wants to bring those small, hidden and overlooked details into the public eye and encourage people to consider their importance in our eco-system.
Our MEET THE MAKER event with Design Factory is on Sunday 20th August so do pop this date in your diary and come along to meet Kate Kato and the other designer/makers taking part.