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About Kas Williams

I am a textile artist making work of individual character using a mixture of materials to create sophisticated pieces that combine craft elements with abstract imagery.

Colour in any form delights me. We tend to associate colour with feeling and for me it has a positive energy and exuberance that I’ve always been drawn to. Playful use of colour with pattern and texture is a signature of my work.

Inspiration comes from an eclectic range of sources – from ethnic design, tribal symbolism and body art to the organic structures in adventurous architecture and the patterns of the natural world that microphotography reveals.

Experimentation and play are key to finding new ways to express myself and my natural curiosity responds to the unpredictability that comes with this. The freedom to re-invent and re-assemble is very seductive and my work conveys this sense of enjoyment in the making. I am at my happiest when I am making; it is an organic process that begins with a percolation of subconscious images, colours and textures, eventually emerging to take shape as a new piece of work.

I graduated with a Masters Distinction in Textiles in 2017 and am currently Artist in Residence at the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham.

2017-18
Artist in Residence – University for the Creative Arts, Farnham

Study: The Edward James Foundation, West Dean

  • Matthew Harris, ‘Sampled and Remixed – Adventurous Drawing for Textiles’

2016/17

Masters Distinction in Textiles – University for the Creative Arts, Farnham

2016

Study: The Edward James Foundation, West Dean

  • Michael Brennand-Wood, ‘Overlays’
  • Michael Brennand-Wood, ‘Fusion and Transformation, Experimental Textiles,
  • Carole Waller ‘Colour into Cloth’
  • Carole Waller, ‘Paint & Screen Print Textiles – Exploring Ideas’

Shortlisted:

National Open Art 2016                 

2015

Shortlisted:

  • Crafts Council Hothouse 5
  • Surrey Artists Award

Award:

Level 3 Teaching in Education & Training

2014

Study: The Edward James Foundation, West Dean

  • Eleanor Buffam – ‘Image transfer printing – the experimental surface’
  • Emma Burton ‘Digitally printed textile design’

2013 

Study: The Edward James Foundation, West Dean

  • Paul Johnson ‘Paper sculpting/pop-up engineering techniques’                                 

1985

Established a print studio producing yearly collections and one-off commissions

Award:

Surrey Young Career Woman of the Year

1981 – 84

B.A. Hons Printed Textiles. West Surrey College of Art & Design, Surrey

Award:

Bursary prize to exhibit at Fabrex, Olympia, London

1980 – 81 

Foundation Year, Berkshire College of Art. Maidenhead

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

USA: Betsy Bunky Nini (New York), Echo Scarves (New York), Ice (Los Angeles)

2019

New Horizons – The Coast Gallery, Zhuhai, China

2018

  • Pop Up Shop – Farnham
  • Beauty of Imperfection (solo show) – Foyer Gallery, UCA, Farnham
  • The Winter Exhibitions – New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham
  • AiR 2018 – Crafts Study Centre, Farnham
  • Mottisfont Open 2018
  • Explore Making – Hampshire & Berkshire Guild of Craftsmen
  • A Letter in Mind – National Brain Appeal, Gallery OxO Tower, London
  • THREAD Festival of Textiles – The Maltings, Farnham
  • Continuum 2 – Menier Gallery, London Design Festival
  • Rising Stars, New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham

2017

  • ’Eleven’ at The Strand Gallery, London Design Week
  • MA Final Year show – University for the Creative Arts, Farnham
  • Candid Arts Gallery, Islington, London

2016

  • ArtSpace at Lakeside 1000, Havant
  • ‘Le Poème’, The Atelier, Southsea
  • Materiality & Process, Linear Gallery, UCA Farnham
  • afterWARds Exhibition, Newport, Isle of Wight

2015

  • Sussex Artists Award – Pallant House, Chichester
  • Solo showcase – Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth
  • CAKE – Celebrating International Womens Day – 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, West Dean

2000

Solo shows:

  • Alphabet – Soho, London
  • St Lukes Design Agency – London

Multi-media, textile design & print, painting, sculpture

  • The Textile Society
  • ArtCan
  • Making Space Associate Member
  • Continuum 2

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