Alongside its Nordic home-ware, North Berwick-based NØRDEN also curates East Lothian artists who celebrate our local coast, country and the nature of our northern clime. This issue we meet printmaker and designer Kate Millbank.
Kate Millbank’s work is inspired by the coastal landscape and its rich flora and fauna. She is particularly drawn to the strandline in Aberlady Bay and will often be found collecting seaweed, shells, broken pottery and other flotsam and jetsam. As a printmaker and designer, she works primarily in the medium of lino printing and birch ply. Kate uses sketches of her beach finds and surrounding seascapes, playing with scale and detail, to create the compositions for her prints which are produced by hand from her studio in East Lothian.
Kate’s extensive training includes; a Foundation in Art and Design at Wimbledon School of Art, a BA (Hons) Degree in Fashion Design at Central Saint Martins and a Masters in Sustainable Architecture and Design at the Centre for Alternative Technology. She worked in Paris, in fashion design, for many years. And, later for an environmentally-conscious interior design and product company. After leaving London for Scotland, she studied printmaking at Edinburgh Printmakers and established her own design studio in 2017. Sustainability and craftsmanship is at the heart of Kate’s design ethos.
In addition to her prints, Kate has designed flocks of plywood birds; geese, lapwings and the new bird on the block, blackbirds. Kate says; “I am lucky enough to live near Aberlady Bay, with its diverse population of coastal birds. You only have to walk down to the shore to see oyster catchers with their bright orange beaks, wading redshanks, curlews and lapwings. Thousands of pink footed geese arrive every autumn. It’s a constant source of inspiration.” Each bird is laser cut from FSC approved birch ply and then screen printed by hand with feather details and other distinctive markings. Designed to swoop gracefully across the wall or hang suspended in your home, in muted shades of blue, reminiscent of the vintage flying ducks of the 50s.
A large selection of Kate Millbank’s plywood products and limited edition prints, original and giclee, are available from NØRDEN.
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