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Kate Cardigan

genius of wool

Knitting it together with genius of wool Kate Cardigan.
After the talk with Rock N Roll Bride at the Hotel Pelirocco we got to have a sneak peek at some of the amazing rooms they have in the hotel. Amongst others, the standout favourite was the knitted room. Yes, a room where most of the props such as the telephone and paintings are knitted. It’s quite something. I was jumping around to find out who crafted such extraordinary feats in wool, and was introduced to the world of Kate Cardigan aka Kate Jenkins. Kate is a Brighton based artist who dreams up and creates wonderfully fun and tongue-in-cheek woollen creations. Her stuff is right up my street so of course I invited her to come on the blog. Here’s Kate…

Tell us a little more about you and your craft
I work as a crochet artist and fashion knitwear designer and have a studio shop in Kemptown where people can come and buy from me direct. I am constantly creating new products which are displayed and sold there. My studio is next door so I am there every day working either on a new knitwear design or piece of crocheted art.

How did you get into working with wool as a medium?
I have worked in wool for many years as I find it a great yarn to work with as it is so versatile. I also work in other yarns such as viscose, lurex, cotton etc it really depends on what I am creating at the time.
Kate Jenkins | Up Coaching Celebrating Creativity interview | Creative business coaching and mentoring

What’s it like working with wool as a way of creating images and sculptures?
Wool is very versatile and perfect for knitting and crocheting and comes in a vast selection of colours and weights. Most of the yarn is from the U.K but I also buy more specialist yarns from Italy and Japan.

What are you working on right now?
I am currently designing a crocheted book cover for a well known U.K publisher which will be launched in September/October 2015. I am also creating a fish shop which will be on display at Alexandra Palace from 7th -11th October 2015 Then it will be on display in from 12th -15th November in Dublin at the RDS. The fish shop will be a working installation where I am creating a whole fish counter made out of wool and sequins. Everything is available to buy as you would expect from a real fish counter so there will be prawns, crab, squid, fish and lots more.
Kate Jenkins | Up Coaching Celebrating Creativity interview | Creative business coaching and mentoring

You created a knitted room at the Hotel Pelirocco in Brighton, how did that come about?
I had an idea to create the ‘Do Knit Disturb’ room at the Pelirocco a few years ago as I wanted to promote my website and label at the time. No one had ever created a knitted room before so I thought I would give it a go.

What other collaborations have you done like this?
A few years ago I was invited by Pommery Champagne to create an installation in one of the pods of the London Eye. This was to launch the opening of Frieze Art Fair back in 2010. Over the years I have had various exhibitions each with  a theme (usually food) so to date I have created a crocheted cafe, A dinner party, A supermarket and American diner.

Where do your ideas come from?
I am always out and about looking for inspiration so will visit flea markets, boot sales, exhibitions in museums and art galleries, theatre and music events, so basically my ideas come from everything I do in my life.
Kate Jenkins | Up Coaching Celebrating Creativity interview | Creative business coaching and mentoring

What inspires you so much it makes you cry / laugh / your heart quicken?
My family and friends.

What does being creative mean to you?
Being creative is a massive part of who I am as a person and I wouldn’t be me without it.
Kate Jenkins | Up Coaching Celebrating Creativity interview | Creative business coaching and mentoring

When are you at your happiest?
When I am working or have finished a project which I have worked on for a long time e.g an exhibition which usually takes around 9-10 months.

If you could knit a replica of one of your heroes, who would you knit?
My mum and dad.
Keep up with Kate’s latest exhibitions over on her website.