Kate Tume is an artist from West Sussex. She makes textile portraits of animals that explore how a reduction in cultural, social or spiritual reverence for the natural world has resulted in vulnerability, endangerment or extinction.
Her work examines themes around species loss and the decline in our natural world, and seeks to subvert popular narratives around what extinction and ecological threat looks like. Recently this often includes turning a critical lens on systems of colonialism and white supremacy and investigating how those systems have, and still do, create cycles of ecological violence that affect human and animal ways of life. She often uses religious iconography and mythology in her work to engage the viewer in a dialogue about what we hold sacred, and how that has changed.
Kate’s work has featured in publications and exhibitions internationally.
She teaches textile art techniques to students from around the world via her workshops, one-to-one tuition and online classes.
She also designs and produces a range of Textile Art Boxes, which provide the opportunity to master hand embellishment and embroidery techniques in a sustainable, zero-waste kit.
- 2020 – Third Kind Records, Bary Center ‘Guide Me Through The Hills Of Your Home’ album artwork
- 2020 – Shortlisted for David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of The Year – third place winner People’s Choice Award
- 2020 – Finalist Mentor, Hand & Lock Prize for Embroidery
- 2020 – Artist in Residence, Mauser Foundation, Costa Rica
- 2019 – Elephant, Group Show, Brush Gallery, Brighton
- 2019 – Artistic collaboration with Ellie Mac Embroidery, Limited Edition patch series
- 2019 – International Contemporary Stitched Art Exhibition, Society For Embroidered Work, Clerkenwell Gallery, London (juried)
- 2019 – #BeJane Exhibition and Auction for Jane Goodall Institute, Vienna (juried)
- 2018 – Natural Fibres, solo show, Brush Gallery, Brighton
- 2018 – Xmas Artist Fair, Worthing
- 2018 – Accepted as member of the Society of Embroidered Work
- 2018 – Artistic collaboration with Ellie Mac Embroidery, Limited Edition patch series
- 2018 – Worthing Artist Open House, Worthing Art Trail
- 2018 – Brighton Gin Art Prize, 2nd place winner, Brush Gallery, Brighton
- 2017 – Extinct Icons and Ritual Burials – part of Remembrance Day for Lost Species, ONCA, Brighton
- 2017 – Third Kind Records, Embla Quickbeam/Graham Dunning ‘Inside Memory’s Head’ album artwork
- 2017 – Artistic collaboration with Ellie Mac Embroidery, Limited Edition patch series
- 2017 – Stitch-Up, Brush Gallery, Brighton
- 2016 – Hex-mas Bazaar, Corridor Gallery, Brighton
- 2016 – Botanica, Light Grey Art Lab, Minneapolis
- 2015 – Miniature Art Extravaganza, Ghost Gallery, Seattle
- 2020 – The Art Of Mourning In The Anthropocene, part of ‘Mapping the Anthropocene in Ōtepoti/Dunedin’ symposium, featured artist.
- 2020 – Stitch Magazine, Interview feature, October/November issue
- 2019 – Pikchur Magazine, featured artist (US)
- 2018 – Dark Mountain Anthology
- 2017 – Embroidery Magazine, News feature, Nov/Dec issue
- 2016 – Homespun Magazine, ‘Best Textile Mushrooms’
- 2013 – Lily In The Labyrinth (website), Review, October
- 2013 – Central Library Arts Division (website), Review, July
- 2013 – She Walks Softly (website), Review, May
- 2012 – Mr X Stitch (website), The Cutting (And Stitching) Edge feature, November
- 2012 – Cross Stitcher Magazine, Embroidered Jewellery feature, September issue
- 2020 – Interview, Stichery Stories podcast
- 2020 – Interview, FiberTalk podcast
- 2018 – Interview, Craft With Conscience, Sarah K Benning
- 2018 – Interview, Narratives of Artistic Identity, Sol Howard
- 2017 – Memory Beyond the Human, Time Studies Cluster, University of Sussex
- 2017 – Unveiling the Cheetah, Booth Museum of Natural History, in association with ONCA, Brighton
- 2017 – Embellished Talk (website), Interview, June
- 2013 – Rosie and the Boys (website), Interview, May
- 2012 – Feeling Stitchy, Interview, August