Erin: What are you curious about?
Kate: Right now, fiber art.
Erin: Describe your work and describe your process.
Kate: I make Scandinavian inspired furniture with exposed joinery and hand woven elements. The weaving is a new aspect of my work that began because of my interest in Danish Cord seat weaving. I fell in love with weaving and have since been experimenting with scale complexity and color. As far as my design process, I fill notebooks with drawings. Some are drawings of patterns I like some are angles or profiles that I find interesting and when I need ideas I look through the pages until I find a few ideas, that when combined, make an interesting design.
Erin: You received a degree from Mass College of Art in sculpture. Tell us about how you transitioned into furniture making.
Kate: I think that I can see forms and understand proportions because of my background in sculpture. I also think I have more of a material curiosity. I love learning about people’s process because there are so many ways to accomplish any one thing.
Erin: We loved hearing how you learned to create your woven designs onto your furniture. Please share your story!
Kate: The weaving comes from my admiration for Danish cord weaving, Shaker weaving and macrame. I pulled elements from each of these to weave the corded seats. I look to loom weaving, Peruvian Weaving, Navajo rug weaving, basket weaving and Islamic tile for pattern inspirations. I am very drawn to geometric repeat patterns I do several mock-ups and drawings before I find the correct pattern for the specific piece.
Erin: You just started a residency at the Maine Center for Furniture Craftsmanship for the entire summer. How's it going and what are you looking to get out of it?
Kate: I am currently doing a 12 week program at The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine. It’s going really well, It is so beautiful up here, every morning the air smells like the ocean. I began the program learning about hand cut joinery which is a necessary skill for someone with a small shop that doesn't have tools designed to mechanize all the cuts. We are eventually going to learn to steam bend which I am very excited to be able to incorporate into my work.
Erin: Sharing your studio with another artist and working in a space full of creatives, how important is the Brooklyn artist and maker community to you and your work?
Kate: It’s amazing how many people there are who make things in Brooklyn. It really makes you put in the extra time and dedicate yourself because the caliber of work happening around you is so high. There is so much work to admire in this area, its exciting to be around it.
Erin: You recently started welding metal (we love that chair!) and you already know mold making. Where do you see you work going next?
Kate: I've been working with steel for a couple years now and I like to use it when I need a thin profile but lots of strength. That’s why I felt it was perfect for the chair. The frame was simple and understated which allowed me to really showcase the weaving. As far as material experimentation I would really like to play with a cast concrete base, possibly for outdoor furniture.
Erin: If you could collaborate with anyone dead or alive, who would it be with and what would it look like?
Kate: J.R.R. Tolkien and we'd make Ork thrones.
Erin: What's the best piece of advice you've ever been given and by whom?
Kate: My dad tells me when I'm stressed that I can’t fight time. It helps me put things in perspective and create manageable goals.
Erin: If you had one superpower what would it be?
Kate: To control wind.
Erin: What is your budgetless dream project?
Kate: I want to build myself a tiny house with a wood shop attached. I've been wanting to do it for years but as of now I don't have the land the money or the time so I guess that perfectly qualifies it as a 'budgetless dream project'.