Kate is creating Illustrations and Autobiographical Vignettes
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My recent illustrations are self portraits in the form of autobiographical vignettes, either as a visual, written, or spoken piece of work. They often take on a surreal dream-like quality. I also create woodland scenes that are the result of being in a peaceful frame of mind. I control the woodland space - who and what is in it. They are also a useful way of exploring texture and mark making. The woodland scenes are my version of happiness and contentment. I'm building these scenes up in an effort to create a children's book.

I divide my work into four sections: commercial; creative; workshops; art therapy.

I do the art therapy for myself while working through the grief of losing my son and a childhood marred by sexual abuse. I use mind-maps to get ideas and thoughts down on paper rapidly; my art therapy work is a way of sorting through emotional dilemmas so that I can distance myself from them in an attempt to understand and cope with what life has thrown my way. They are about finding a balance in life by getting upsetting or destabilising thoughts down on paper - these maps are introspective. The process allows me to write and draw whatever I’m thinking without censorship so that I can refer to the maps when I’m in a happier frame of mind.

I have now got to the stage where I am creating new illustrative pieces of work using the same software that I also use for commercial purposes; under time pressure I find that I can work faster on the computer however I intend to develop the ideas and create related works in paint and pens thereby developing my manual skills.

I use my philosophical and social studies to influence the work thereby illustrating the meta-narratives of my life. A meta-narrative in critical theory and particularly in post-modernism is a narrative about narratives of historical meaning, experience or knowledge. In my case they are stories about myself that provide a view of my experiences. These are becoming recollections that provide hope.

I spend a lot of my time volunteering at The Rooftop Gallery and Workshops. I curate exhibitions, mentor artists, conduct workshops, build confidence and make referrals that give people a much needed leg up. I get paid for eight hours per week and make up the rest of my income with freelance graphic design and photography.

I'm building up the profile and quality of the gallery and could do with a financial boost so that I can devote time to helping local artists, novices and experienced alike, to build a social media presence, host workshops and teach good creative practice to local people.

Corby is a former steel town that has benefited from the creation of an art gallery. I started as a volunteer a month after opening in April 2012 I then became a studio user once the studios had been built; I was made co-ordinator in December 2014. The gallery started as a cooperative and is now a charity.
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Blog Post
I will write a public acknowledgement of your support on my Kate's Plot blog and the difference it has made to my work process.
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Invitation to a Private View
Come along and enjoy a evening with other like minded individuals. I will have photos taken of you and write a public acknowledgement of your support on my blog.
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I will create a personalised A3 illustration about an agreed subject.
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Illustration Session
Spend two hours working on an illustration. I'm working on a children's book about a bear with itchy fur and a penchant for mischief. The stories are based on stories I told my son to cheer him up and to reassure him that it wasn't just him who struggled with his health.
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My recent illustrations are self portraits in the form of autobiographical vignettes, either as a visual, written, or spoken piece of work. They often take on a surreal dream-like quality. I also create woodland scenes that are the result of being in a peaceful frame of mind. I control the woodland space - who and what is in it. They are also a useful way of exploring texture and mark making. The woodland scenes are my version of happiness and contentment. I'm building these scenes up in an effort to create a children's book.

I divide my work into four sections: commercial; creative; workshops; art therapy.

I do the art therapy for myself while working through the grief of losing my son and a childhood marred by sexual abuse. I use mind-maps to get ideas and thoughts down on paper rapidly; my art therapy work is a way of sorting through emotional dilemmas so that I can distance myself from them in an attempt to understand and cope with what life has thrown my way. They are about finding a balance in life by getting upsetting or destabilising thoughts down on paper - these maps are introspective. The process allows me to write and draw whatever I’m thinking without censorship so that I can refer to the maps when I’m in a happier frame of mind.

I have now got to the stage where I am creating new illustrative pieces of work using the same software that I also use for commercial purposes; under time pressure I find that I can work faster on the computer however I intend to develop the ideas and create related works in paint and pens thereby developing my manual skills.

I use my philosophical and social studies to influence the work thereby illustrating the meta-narratives of my life. A meta-narrative in critical theory and particularly in post-modernism is a narrative about narratives of historical meaning, experience or knowledge. In my case they are stories about myself that provide a view of my experiences. These are becoming recollections that provide hope.

I spend a lot of my time volunteering at The Rooftop Gallery and Workshops. I curate exhibitions, mentor artists, conduct workshops, build confidence and make referrals that give people a much needed leg up. I get paid for eight hours per week and make up the rest of my income with freelance graphic design and photography.

I'm building up the profile and quality of the gallery and could do with a financial boost so that I can devote time to helping local artists, novices and experienced alike, to build a social media presence, host workshops and teach good creative practice to local people.

Corby is a former steel town that has benefited from the creation of an art gallery. I started as a volunteer a month after opening in April 2012 I then became a studio user once the studios had been built; I was made co-ordinator in December 2014. The gallery started as a cooperative and is now a charity.

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Rewards
Pledge $50 or more per Per project
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5% Discount
I can offer a 5% discount on one illustration.
Pledge $145 or more per Per project
0 patrons
Blog Post
I will write a public acknowledgement of your support on my Kate's Plot blog and the difference it has made to my work process.
Pledge $145 or more per Per project
0 patrons
Invitation to a Private View
Come along and enjoy a evening with other like minded individuals. I will have photos taken of you and write a public acknowledgement of your support on my blog.
Pledge $750 or more per Per project
0 patrons
Commission Personalised Artwork
I will create a personalised A3 illustration about an agreed subject.