Day 32: Kate Walker

I am completely mesmerised by the influence that memory has upon today’s creative (@katemary___ on Instagram); from early childhood memories and recollections of reading architectural drawings to fusing memory and imagination when recreating special places in her work. Kate’s work is as beautiful as it is symbolic and so I am bursting with excitement to welcome her to the community. 

Please may you introduce yourself and your practice.
Hi, i’m Kate Walker (@katemary___), a recent graduate from Glasgow School of Art. I’m an Interior Designer by practice but an avid creative, currently living and working in London.

How did you develop your practice?
I’ve always been interested in spaces, as a child I would create dens and structures with my siblings. I never understood this interest until I was lucky enough to get a position as an Assistant Project Manager for a lighting design company. I found speaking to the architects and designers, visiting the sites and reading the architectural drawings ignited this early childhood passion and I applied for the Interior Design degree at GSA.

What inspires you and why do you love your practice?
Visiting spaces and places inspires me. In my personal practice, I like to fuse memory with imagination. Personal memories of spaces and places are intertwined with my imagination to create vivid recollections of moments. The memories help to fuel sensory experiences of a place, that way you can build the nuances and interests into the design or drawing. I read daily, writers such as Bachelard and Perec have informed my understanding of Interior Design.

What does it mean to you to be a creative feminist?
My personal experience of working within the fields of Architecture and Interior Design is a predominately male dominated space. In recent years there have been many movements challenging this, such as @partwcollective which I support through attending talks, lectures and events. By creating in the environment I find myself in, I am challenging the gender bias and I find any woman creating, making, and designing inspiring and wonderful.

Kate’s artwork offers us a glimpse into her love and skill for interiors and architecture; I certainly want to cover my walls in her work! Please give Kate a warm welcome by following her page @katemary___ and by commenting your thoughts! It’s a pleasure to have you join us Kate.

If you would like to purchase any of Kate’s work featured below or work with Kate on a project, please direct message her via Instagram.

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