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KathKath Studios is a design studio based in South-East London.

It was conceived from a chance maternity leave encounter: English textile designer Kathy Schicker and Australian graphic designer Kathryn Pledger, first met pushing prams in Camberwell and between the rice cakes, nappies and trips to the park discovered they shared a passion for using cutting-edge digital printing to produce fluidly beautiful print designs.

Both felt driven to redirect their work in a more personal way, and after a year of research and developing ideas they were approached in 2013 by the renowned design writer Barbara Chandler to design Wallpaper for Graham & Brown for their New Wave Collective. Being hand picked by Barbara was the push they needed and after 4 weeks of intense work, KathKath Studio was born and the journey began.

Fashion has always been a great passion for Kathy and Kathryn and in late 2013, they launched their first products – a range of high-end silk scarves, in the distinctive bright, bold and eye catching studio style. Printed and hand finished in the UK, they have the look and feel of classic hand-printed designs, with the luxury quality and feel of the best high end scarf.

In early 2014, KathKath Studios wallpaper for Graham & Brown was launched and since then, they have produced bespoke products for the Fashion and Textiles Museum shop. Other producers have licensed their designs, while their own products are available at Wolf and BadgerNot on The High Street, the SouthBank shop , the Fashion and Textile Museum shop and their own online shop.

KathKath is represented by print agent Hunt+Gather and is a member of Design Nation.

Service and production

KathKath Studio brings 15 years experience in the textiles and graphic industries. The Studios main areas of expertise are digitally printed products and designing and producing collections of unusual and trendsetting prints for fashion, interiors and lifestyle products. They also design for industry and bespoke projects, alongside their current collections.

KathKath Studio produce all their product in the UK, and work closely with their manufacturers and finishers, to ensure the highest quality of product.

 

Specialties include:
– Textile and Pattern design using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop
– Hand-drawn / painted and digital prints
– Production ready repeats and artwork
– Trend forecasting
– Custom designs for clients
– Design for Jacquard weave
– Innovative printing techniques and materials
– Graphic Design

Creative Director Bios

Kathy Schicker

Kathy Schicker is a textile artist who designs and creates printed and woven work for exhibitions, education and industry.

She is a trained Jacquard weaver and printer specialising in innovative and light-reactive textiles for interiors. Her work is driven by a fascination with light, new materials and the fusion of craft and new technology. The work she produces is research-led and is largely bespoke or collaborative.

Kathy has MA in Design for Textile Futures from Central St Martins, and BA in Visual Arts Textiles from Goldsmiths College. Kathy’s fascination with light has produced two main research projects: Woven Light, her colour-changing textile collection, and Photonic crystal fibre prototypes, in collaboration with the Physics department of the Polytechnique de Montréal, Canada. She is now working on new collections with KathKath Studios, her new collaboration with graphic designer Kathryn Pledger.

Kathy regularly exhibits her work internationally and samples are held in several materials libraries around the world. She has shown in the UK, USA, Italy, Canada, Russia, Belgium, Poland, France and Uruguay. This includes solo exhibitions, ICFF in New York, Milan Furniture Fair, London Design Week, FuturoTextiel08 and 12th International Triennial of Tapestry in Lodz. She has also been artist in residence with GlaxoSmithKline.

She is a founder member of the dynamic Puff & Flock textile collective and has worked in collaboration with companies such as Ercol and Toray, for which they won the University of London Creative Enterprise Awards for collaboration in 2011.

Kathy lives and works in London, UK.

Kathryn Pledger

Kathryn Pledger is a graphic designer who creates digital and online artwork for industry, local government, international standards bodies and bespoke freelance commissions.

She has a BA (Hons) in Visual Communication from the University of South Australia. Kathryn has worked on many leading international household brands, designing identities, point of sale displays, exhibitions, print collateral and online resources. She has also worked with industry leading blue chip companies on their corporate responsibility reports and materials.

Born and raised in rural Australia, her career has taken her from Sydney to Ireland and the UK where she’s recently been able to focus her love of colour and texture into surface pattern design. Her work is strongly influenced by her years of travelling and her love of hand drawn elements, typography and photography.

Kathryn runs her own successful freelance graphic design business, which has enabled her to move closer to her true passion of surface design.

Kathryn is a keen photographer and won numerous Ilford photographic awards while at University. Her photographic style can been seen strongly in the work she produces for KathKath studio.

She is currently working on new collections for KathKath Studios, her new collaboration with textile artist Kathy Schicker.

Kathryn has a number of her surface pattern designs licensed with companies including Artscase, and KESSinhouse. She has designs published in PatternBase a book on surface pattern design and has been featured in issue 21 of Uppercase magazine.

Kathryn lives and works in London, UK.