Kate Ward BFA, MFA

Kate Ward is an interdisciplinary artist whos work blurs the boundaries of textiles, ceramics, jewellery. Kate's current practice is informed by drawing and illustration which is then translated into textiles, ceramics and print. In 1998 she graduated with a Bachelor of Visual Arts from the Australian National University School of Art and since graduation Kate has continued to develop her artistic practice participating in solo and group exhibitions in Australia, the United Kingdom, America and Canada and undertaking national and international residencies. Kate has won awards both nationally and internationally for her work. She is currently undertaking a Master of Fine Art at NSCAD.

www.kateward.com.au

Current / Upcoming Courses

30. Prints Charming

Design and print your own fabrics! In this course we will use screenprinting, block printing and various resist methods. This course will encourage artistic exploration of ideas using basic colour theory to mix your own colours and experiment with transparent and opaque print pastes. The skills developed in this course can be applied in the studio or on the kitchen table. 

34. Furoshiki

Students can make their own reusable and recyclable Japanese wrapping cloths, both beautiful and functional used for a lunch bag, ecowrapping technique, or clothing garment. Students will experiment with different resist dying techniques using indigo dye on silk and cotton fabric. 

33. Zen Stitching: Embroidery

Embroidery can be a traditional, sustainable, and simple repetitive act, allowing time for reflection and bringing a meaningful and thoughtful approach to textile practice. In this two-day course students will explore ways in which to slow down by using simple techniques, reusing and re-inventing materials and limiting equipment. Take the time to think about the practical and decorative techniques of mending. 

31. Intro to Tapestry Weaving

Tapestry weaving is a portable, fun and expressive technique with endless possibilities. In this class, participants will learn various weaving techniques suitable for creating both geometric and organic designs while exploring form, colour and texture with the aim of producing a finished wall hanging.

35. Lino Print

This course will explore block printing techniques. Participants will be guided through the process of reductive relief printing; printing multiple colour layers by carving the image from a single block. We will also cover multi-block printing, a multi-colour and multi-layer relief printing method. Participants will learn how to transfer their image to multiple blocks in order to carve separate colours from each block.

32. Tapestry Weaving II

In this class, participants will have the chance to continue to build on the various weaving techniques learned in the introductory level workshop. We will continue to practice both geometric and organic designs while exploring form, colour and texture with the aim of producing a finished wall hanging.

36. Irresistible Dyeing

This class will cover a variety of resist dye techniques including the Japanese art of shibori (stitching, wrapping and knotting), creating dyed patterns through clamping, folding and ombré gradient methods. We will also explore thermo-treated techniques to create three-dimensional works with the use of heat. Students will be creating a collection of samples and get the opportunity to hand dye a clothing item of their choice.