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About Kas Williams

Colour and the lyrical energy and exuberance it provokes is a feeling at the heart of everything I create and my work is an expression and response to what I see and experience in the world around me. My creative practice is rooted in the tradition of painting from where I can choose to follow any number of directions mixing diverse materials and methods to create sophisticated pieces.

I work in abstract form and have a very loose approach to making. Inspiration comes from many things – the natural world, adventurous architecture, rituals, the sacred, the spiritual and the strange – and this visual vocabulary transcends all materials. A vibrant use of colour, pattern and texture is a signature of my work along with a playful layering of shades, tones, patterns and textures. I like the sense of freedom that comes with experiment, a sense of the unknown, of chance and I’m seduced by the fun of re-invention and re-assembly.  It’s that sense of freedom that comes with experiment.

If colour gives expression to my work then music is what gives me energy and my taste is very eclectic. It could be anything from jazz through classical and indie pop to the 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 redolent of the tempo and dynamics of a musical composition. As a balm to this energetic and colourful world I have practiced meditation for many years and it gives me a place to reflect and ground myself often creating a new dimension in my work and a very different visual expression.

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)

2020

  • Vienna Calling – ArtCoolPool Gallery, Vienna
  • From Art Can With Love – online exhibition/fundraiser
  • Transient – ArtCan online exhibition
  • Open Studios Online – Making Space
  • Sensory Expedition: Colour I Light I Sound – South Hill Park Art Centre, Bracknell

 

2019

  • Elevate 02 – The Shard, London
  • Counter Balance – Trinity Art Gallery, London City Island
  • Ingenious – ArtCan Online
  • Discovery Sessions – Trinity Art Gallery, London City Island
  • Play! Design – Beijing Times Art Museum, China
  • New Horizons – The Coast Gallery, Zhuhai, China
  • From ArtCan With Love – Fitzrovia Gallery, London
  • 44 ArtWorks – 44 Hallam Street, London 

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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