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About Kas Williams

I have a profound love of colour and the lyrical energy and exuberance it provokes. Colour to me is a feeling at the heart of everything I create and my work is an expression of all that I see and experience in the world around me. My creative starting point is the traditional practice of painting from where I can choose to take in any number of directions mixing diverse materials to create sophisticated pieces.

If colour is in my heart, then music lives in my soul and plays a significant part in my art process.These two things have always gone hand in hand and a new piece of work percolates for a long time in my head before any making begins but once I start, music is what gives me energy and colour my expression.

My taste is very eclectic and it could be anything on the musical spectrum from jazz through classical and indie pop to something completely off the wall like night sounds in the Kalahari desert or Buddhist monks chanting. It’s all about the sound and the way it feels, and I see that reflected in my work – a symphony of colour redolent of the tempo and dynamics of a musical composition.

Equally important to me is my practice of meditation which is a balm and a counter balance to this colourful world. It’s a place to reflect and ground myself and creates a new dimension in my work that gives me an equal sense of joy and a very different visual expression.

I’m inspired by many things – the natural world, architecture, rituals, the sacred the spiritual and the strange – and this visual vocabulary transcends all materials. A vibrant use of colour, pattern and texture has become a signature of my work along with a playful layering of shades, tones, patterns and textures: a creative orchestration that embraces the accidental and unpredictable. Always the authenticity of a piece of work is grounded in

Like a composer, there is a sense of the unknown, of chance, of a journey beginning with no certain ending and unknown is a sense I’m very familiar with. I like to be unsure of an outcome and I’m seduced by the fun of re-invention and re-assembly, the sense of freedom that comes with experiment and the feeling of happiness I get from my work.

My life has been one of twists and turns but always my choices have been made towards following a creative path and finding the courage to making life changing decisions when I have to. I love this creative life and how I can express my sense of adventure, harmony and happiness through it. It’s a feeling I hope those who see my work will take away with them: my sense of joy in a chorus of colour.

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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