Sheep & Willow
Rural Documentary Projects
Kate spent six years doumenting Somerset willow growers and basketmakers (2000-2003) and Somerset shepherds and wool craftspeople (2007-9).
Her willow journey took her into old willow beds on the Somerset Levels, into the sheds of basketmakers, hurdlemakers and other willow craftspeople, she even climbed to the top of the Willow Man, as she traced the willow from the winter harvest into its woven outcomes. She made paintings and drawings along the way, many made with willow charcoal grown by the local willow farmers, and in her interviews she collected stories.
In her Sheep journey, she travelled with Somerset shepherds up on Exmoor and the Mendips and down to the Salt Marshes and Levels, following them through the seasons. She then went off with the wool sacks and into the workshops of spinners, weavers and knitters.
The Willow book is sadly out of print, but Sheep – from Lamb to Loom is still available. Click here.
Kate has become known for her documentary projects, where she places importance on the interviews with her subjects, the words accompanying the paintings and drawings
In exhibitions and her books.