Patternbank love the intricate work of artist and collector Kate Kato, we got in touch to discover more about her work process and what inspires her to create these beautiful paper and fabric sculptures. Kate lives in the Welsh boarders just outside the small town of Ross on Wye, where her natural environment inspires her daily.

Can you tell us a bit about yourself and how you work?

Using recycled paper, fabric and wire I try to capture the delicate detail and beauty of nature. Influenced by plants, insects and found objects, I create intricate, life-sized sculptures and arrange them into collections and dioramas. I have always been fascinated by the natural world and for me my work is very nostalgic, taking me back to my childhood and the curiosity that fuelled my creativity. My work aims to encourage curiosity and promote an awareness of the environment. I want to bring the small, hidden and overlooked details into the public eye and encourage people to consider their importance.

What are you favourite mediums to work with and how does this influence your process?

I mostly use paper as this is something I have used in my work a lot since I left university. When I changed from creating 2D work to 3D I wanted to stick with using paper as I already had a lot of knowledge of the way it worked and what I could do with it. All the sculptures take different amounts of time, anything from 30 minutes to 8 hours depending on how much detail needs to go into it. I think the butterflies take the longest as their wings are hand embroidered. I tend to make things I find interesting then arrange them in groups before I mount them together in collections. Sometimes I will research a particular scene and then make the items to go in it but I get bored quite quickly so this way of working usually takes longer as I always get distracted by other things I want to make!

What creatively inspires you?

Nature inspires me the most. I find the information behind the plants and insects I create really interesting and the more I find out the more detailed I can make my sculptures. I also spend a lot of time outside. I live in the countryside so I am permanently surrounded by nature and have to walk along the farm tracks to get anywhere! I have two children and we go exploring together and collect things as we go. They love it and see things completely differently to me so I get a lot of inspiration and ideas from them too.

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