Katherine May runs a textile studio, designing, executing and navigating – textile objects, spaces and research. Through these three outcomes, what is consistent is the capture and presentation of material life-cycles and acts of making; an approach that reveals lines linking raw materials to producers and objects with consumers.
The studio is driven to work physically with a vast range of materials used in textile production, and much time is given to the gathering of materials; from growing plants to process into dye, to sorting through a textile recycling center to find cloth. These actions and material life-cycles are shared in the physical space, such as the Water – Colour installation where a public space was used to dye 100 meters of cloth; or through images and video that accompany a made object. Underpinning each project is research into how we extract from, and interact with the material world, with the aim to make positive change for a sustainable future.