About Kas Williams

Favourite quote:

‘ A mind is like a parachute, it doesn’t work if it isn’t open’ Frank Zappa

 

My work is a response to what interests and engages me in the world. I work with colour, pattern and texture using shapes and vibrant colours to create playful surfaces and structures.The spark for a new piece of work can come from anywhere and I’m always conscious of soaking up images, colours and patterns wherever I am. Whatever the aim of a new piece it’s important that I start with a physical piece of work, usually a painting on canvas. It’s where I experiment and play and is an essential part of the making process. The repeated layering of colour and pattern builds substance, movement, depth and subtlety into the finished piece whatever form that takes.

Currently studying an MA in Textiles at UCA Farnham

2016

Shortlisted for National Open Art 2016

Study: Carole Waller, ‘Paint & Screen Print textiles – Exploring Ideas’, West Dean

Study: Michael Brennand-Wood, ‘Fusion and Transformation, Experimental Textiles,West Dean

 

2015  

Study: Sam Pickard ‘Photoshop for textile design’, South Molton
Shortlisted for Sussex Artists Award
Shortlisted for Crafts Council Hothouse 5
Level 3 Teaching Award in Education & Training

2014

Winner of Spice Island Art Trail, Portsmouth
Study: Eleanor Buffam – ‘Image transfer printing – the experimental surface’, West Dean
Study: Emma Burton ‘Digitally printed textile design’, West Dean

2013

Study: Paul Johnson ‘Paper sculpting/pop-up engineering techniques’, West Dean

1990 onwards

Practising artist

1985 – 89

Established a print studio in Surrey producing yearly collections and one-off commissions.
Winner of Surrey Young Career Woman of the Year Award

1981 – 84

B.A. Hons Printed Textiles. West Surrey College of Art & Design, Farnham, Surrey
Winner of final year bursary prize to exhibit at Fabrex, Olympia, London

1980 – 81

Foundation Year, Berkshire College of Art, Maidenhead

London clients:

Liberty’s, Harvey Nichols, Tie Rack, Janet Fitch Gallery

USA clients:

Betsy Bunky Nini , New York
Ice – Los Angeles
Hamrah’s, New Jersey
Echo Scarves, New York

2016

‘Le Poème’, The Atelier, Southsea

Materiality & Process, Linear Gallery, UCA Farnham

afterWARds Exhibition, Newport, Isle of Wight

2015

Pallant House, Chichester
Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth – solo show
Southampton City Art Gallery

2014

Vessels, Making Space: Havant
Contemporary Makers Fair, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth
Zodiac Gallery, Portsmouth
WWF +60 Earth Hour, Portsmouth

2013

Effervescence, The Edward James Foundation

2000

Alphabet, Soho, London – solo show
St Lukes Design Agency, London – solo show

Painting, paper sculpting, textile design & print

ArtSpace, Portsmouth – non-studio member

Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth – artist associate

Making Space, Havant – associate maker

Society of Designer Craftsmen – member

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