Hello

My name is Kim, and I explore structures and processes in nature using basketry, natural dyeing and felting techniques.

I never went to art college. Instead, after studying biochemistry at University College London, I became a journalist, working for the British Medical Journal and the British Council before ending up at Consumers’ Association.

For 15 years I worked for their travel magazine Holiday Which?, editing an annual hotel guide and inspecting destinations around the world.  Then I was promoted to become Managing Editor of Which? magazine, editing far more glamorous reports on toasters, TVs and tax!

In 2009 I decided to go freelance. While working as a self-employed editor and web developer, I did some textile classes  at Morley College. I developed a particular interest in wet felting and indigo and other natural dyes, where my scientific background came in handy!

My fascination with sculptural 3D work led to an interest in basketry techniques, particularly using natural materials. I am currently doing the two-year basketry course at City Lit. My work is inspired by natural and mathematical forms, and I often incorporate found objects in my pieces.

I am a member of PrismSouth London Women Artists, and the International Feltmakers Association. I am also a member of the Basketmakers’ Association and edit their 68-page Journal, which is published three times a year.

Exhibitions

April 2022: Fantastical Botanical, Morley Gallery, London
April 2022:
Untold, Prism Textiles, Mile End Pavilion, London
October 2021: In Search of Possibilities, Prism Textiles, Mile End Pavilion, London
May 2020: In Search of (im)Possibilities, Prism Textiles, online
October 2019: Wandsworth Open House, London SW17
October 2019:
Fragility, Prism Textiles, RBSA, Birmingham
May-June 2019:
Fragility, Prism Textiles, Hoxton Arches, London E2
March 2019: Morley MADE, Morley Gallery, London SE1
June 2018: Silence is Over, South London Women Artists, Portico Gallery, London SE27
March 2018: Pillow Talk: Conversations with Women, South London Women Artists, Uniqlo Tate Late, Tate Modern, London SE1
July 2017: My Place, South London Women Artists, Brixton East Gallery, London SW9
March 2016: Pillow Talk: Conversations with Women, South London Women Artists, Brixton East Gallery, London SW9
April 2015: Death and Transition, South London Women Artists, Gabriel Fine Art, London SE1
February/March 2015: What is Urban?, South London Women Artists, Brixton East Gallery, London SW9

award presentation at mansion house

Awards and publications

  • First place in Contemporary category of Basketry of the Year 2021 – Worshipful Company of Basketmakers
  • Christiane Sand Award for Coiling 2021 – City Lit
  • Barbara Maynard Challenge Cup 2020 – Basketmakers’ Association

 

Work featured in:

  • Contemporary Basketry, August 2021
  • Contemporary Basketry, April 2021
  • Contemporary Basketry, December 2020
  • Pillow Talk: Conversations With Women, 2019, South London Women Artists, ISBN 978-0-9929442-1-6
  • Felt Matters (journal of the International Feltmakers Association), December 2017
  • Worldwide Colours of Felt, 2016, Ellendesign, ISBN 978-90-825378-0-2
  • Homes & Gardens magazine, April 2014