Kate Youens

I am a practising artist and teacher who works with textiles and found materials. 

My core purpose as an artist is to produce work that tells stories about matters that I find interesting.  The research and process of the making are particularly important parts of my work and I enjoy showing this through my pieces. 

I make work for exhibitions in response to environments, everyday situations, historic events and domestic life. The teaching I do within a school setting and working in the community also feed into my work helping it develop through feedback response. I am interested in human interaction and emotional response. 

I mainly work in hand stitch using fabrics that are old and enjoy combining their stories and memories, to create pieces that introduce discussions about subjects that are often overlooked.  I also incorporate other mediums of working such as mark making, using paper and card using these as part of both my research and final outcomes. 

For this exhibition I am showing a piece of work titled ‘Bundles’. These are part of a body of work I have produced since starting Maker membership,  they hope to highlight the lives of women within the workhouses during the 19th Century.  My aim is to show the emotional response of women entering these institutions and the impact of how it changed their lives leaving their past behind.