About me

Kate Tume is a textile artist from Brighton, East Sussex. Born in 1980, she first learned her craft at her mother’s knee. She gained her BA(Hons) at the Surrey Institute of Art and Design as a Fashion and Illustration student, but is largely self-taught in hand embroidery techniques.

Kate’s work is influenced by folklore, mythology, and burial customs. She is currently working on projects around our disappearing natural world, lost species, and how we mourn and memorialise them.

I have used embroidery since I was a child to express what I love. Latterly I am also expressing what we are losing, or forgetting, in the natural world. Embroidery as an art form is also experiencing loss – as skills, traditions and practitioners. Therein also follows revival, and renewal as contemporary artists rediscover the medium. My work is an exploration of this intersection of subject and medium through shared fragility and changing perceptions of value and disposal.

I invite the viewer to pause and see the life and death of the creatures in my work.

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CV

Exhibitions

  • 2020 – Artist Residency, Mauser Foundation, Costa Rica
  • 2019 – Elephant, Group Show, Brush Gallery, Brighton
  • 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 – 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 – 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

Publications (Books/Magazines/Essays/Online)

  • 2019 – Artistic collaboration with Ellie Mac Embroidery, Limited Edition patch series
  • 2019 – Pikchur Magazine, featured artist (US)
  • 2018 – Artistic collaboration with Ellie Mac Embroidery, Limited Edition patch series
  • 2018 – Dark Mountain Anthology
  • 2017 – Artistic collaboration with Ellie Mac Embroidery, Limited Edition patch series
  • 2017 – Third Kind Records, Embla Quickbeam/Graham Dunning ‘Inside Memory’s Head’ album artwork
  • 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

Talks/Interviews

  • 2019 – Interview, FiberTalk podcast
  • 2018 – accepted as member of the Society of Embroidered Work
  • 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

Teaching

  • 2018 – 3D Embroidery Techniques (Stumpwork)
  • 2018 – Creativity n Embroidery Art
  • 2017 – Embellishment Masterclass
  • 2017 – Halloween Embellishment Workshop