Artist Interview: KAth Watmough
Kath Watmough was one of three artists picked from the entries to our Folio Focus design brief. We asked the artists to come up with a collection of cushion designs based on a 'waves and washes' theme, and Kat's striking abstract art work really caught our eye. We asked her some quick question about her work and style.
1) How long have you been an artist?
I studied fine art and textile design at college and then went on to do a degree in printed textile design.
2) How did your particular style develop? What were your influences?
I love colour and mark making. For me, it’s been a bit of a journey. I would say my work is diverse but after doing all 3 makeitindesign courses, I really started to home in on what makes me tick, what work I like and who inspires me. I found a common thread. Colour, marks, simplicity and sometimes textures, always catch my eye.
3) Which artists do you admire?
I really admire Henri Matisse’s bold, bright, colourful, simplistic cut out shapes. I also love the work by Lucienne Day; her use of blocks of colour and linear marks.
4) How did you take the step to start selling your art?
Contacting companies, one of my clients in China contacted me through LinkedIn.
5) How did you start promoting yourself?
Via social media; Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest and also created my own website.
6) What's the most challenging aspect of being an artist?
Having balance; I am going to be totally honest here, freelance work can either be very busy or extremely quiet. It can feel very isolating and lonely at times. I am a sociable person and enjoy meeting and being around people. I now have a part time job to support my freelancing. It gets me out of the house and I have found that happy balance again.
7) What's the best piece of advice you could give to emerging artists, from your experience?
Believe in yourself, you will get plenty of knocks along the way. Pick yourself up, work hard. With drive, determination, a love of what you do and with lots of practise, something good will eventually come your way.
8) What was your process when designing for the brief?
Lots of mark making, drawing, cutting out shapes. I worked on several design ideas and colours until I was happy with the final piece.
9) In an ideal world, what would you be doing?
Travelling the world, and seeing my designs on products everywhere!