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.


Current / Upcoming Courses

28. Prints Charming

Design and print your own fabrics! In this course we will use screen-printing, 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 at the kitchen table.

29. Furoshiki (Japanese wrapping cloth)

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

30. 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. Irresistible Dyeing

Simply Irresistible covers a variety of plant-dyeing techniques combined with the resist dye techniques of the Japanese art of shibori (stitching, wrapping, clamping and folding). Discover the natural environment through colours, textures and collected plant material and mark making with natural dyes. We will create a collection of samples (silk, wool and cotton) using natural dyes which will be collated into a small reference book. No experience is necessary.

31. Zen Stitching

Embroidery can be a traditional, sustainable, a 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.