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The City Artcade – Art in Empty shops

July 30, 2013


    I am currently part of ‘The City Artcade’, an exhibition of contemporary art installations in 4 shop windows in Lichfield’s town centre, organised with thanks by Celia Houghton, Lichfield’s Arts Development Officer and ‘Untitled Arts Collective‘.


    My installation includes a series of works displayed on and around a fabulous late 1960’s bookcase, kindly given by my mother-in-law. My immediate reaction on seeing the proposed space was that it looked like a stage and I could immediately see my pieces crawling on and over the furniture of a room set.


    I’m really pleased with the installation in this quirky space, it’s great to be a part of the exhibition and really good to be showing my work again. I’ve  had some great comments from people walking past, who weren’t expecting to see anything like this in a shopping arcade and have been intrigued and delighted by the different artists’ work.


    There are also a variety of arts workshops running in the shops during the summer and Maud and I had a great time adding to the sticky tape wall drawings organised by artists Jerry Trill, Henrietta Ellis and Hannah Spencer


Taking time-out for a few ‘personal creations’

July 20, 2013


    Over the last 2 years my creative out-put has mainly focused on the ‘creation’ of my two wonderful children, Maud & Frank. Now Frank is here I’m starting to think about making and exhibiting my sculptural work again, but I have been able to keep my creativity going during this time by making all sorts of things, for and with Maud and here are just a few examples.


    The tree is for Maud & Frank’s new shared room, inspired by my love of American Folk Art and the brilliant things you can find on Pinterest too.


    Olive the owl was for Maud’s 1st birthday and the cloth baby was to help her with Frank’s arrival. The idea was to make it deliberately gender neutral, so she can work out who she wants it to be herself!

The felt fruit was for her christmas present. I started out with the idea of making a few apples but I got quite addicted to the felt which is so satisfying to sew and I ultimately made pears, satsumas, a banana and a bunch of grapes!




    The ‘tag-hog’ is the first thing I’ve made for Frank so far. I remember Maud loved to chew on the labels of her toys so I thought the ribbons on this would make for a much more satisfying chomp!



Summer Inspiration

July 30, 2012

From Chatsworth House to a Lace exhibition at Birmingham Art Gallery & Museum, here are some of the things that have inspired my work this summer.

Kate Tilley-Chatsworth-lake view     Kate Tilley-Chatsworth-Caro sculpture

Kate Tilley-Chatsworth-lakeside sculpture

This was a wonderful trip to Chatsworth house to see Anthony Caro’s sculptures in the grounds. The combination of huge metal sculptures with the elegance of the house in the background and the beautiful meadow planting was just stunning.

The wonderfully fecund forms of this lace making cushion at Birmingham Museum & art gallery, the bagpipe from this sculpture at V&A Museum and this incredible willow sculpture at Chatsworth triggered all sorts of ideas for new work.

Kate Tilley-lace cushion  Kate Tilley-V&A sculpture    Kate Tilley-Chatsworth-willow sculpture

I had the time to really explore the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery on this trip and I was really struck by the wrappings on this mummy, just like the traditional ‘log cabin‘ pattern in american patchwork quilting.

Kate Tilley-Egyptian Mummy


May 1, 2012

So this is my Zephyr my latest piece of work, finally completed after having my daughter last year.


This piece is very much a continuation of my original artist’s statement:

A sense of ‘the uncanny’ is at the core of my work;

in particular the direct translation from Freud’s essay

‘das unheimliche’- ‘the unhomely’.

By using, such culturally loaded, materials and techniques

as ceramics and sewing, my aim is to subtly disturb our notions

of home,family, femininity, craft and English tradition.


Zephyr is however more than a little influenced by the incredible mass and tangle of feelings that come from pregnancy, birth and new motherhood.

As always my work is deeply personal whilst trying to deal with some wider issues and I also relish the intriging and personal interpretations people bring to the work when it’s been exhibited, so let me know what you think!

Grayson Perry – The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman

January 25, 2012

Grayson Perry - Kenilworth AM1, 2010. Photo by Adam Scourfield, copyright 2011 The Trustees of the British Museum.

Wow what a brilliant exhibition, the man’s a genius and how lucky to be able to choose from The British Museum’s collection, that must have been a dream come true.

What was so great about the exhibition was how perfectly his work mixed with the artefacts and sometimes you had to look again to work out which ones he’d actually made. The thing about Grayson Perry’s work that I love, and always strive for in my own work, is how beautifully made it all is, he may offend some people with the content but you could never just dismiss it because it’s so apparent that it’s created with such love and skill.

Grayson Perry – The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman, 2011. Photos by Stephen White. 2011 The Trustees of the British Museum.

Grayson Perry - The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman, 2011. Photo by Stephen White









I must admit that what made this Christmas trip so wonderful for me however was that this was my 9 month old daughter first ever exhibition and being of discerning taste already of course, she loved it. Not a bad way to start her education!


‘Homegrown’ Exhibition in detail

June 3, 2011


I visited the ‘Homegrown’ exhibition of my work last week, at The Nuneaton & Bedworth Museum & Gallery.


The exhibition features my latest piece ‘Eager to Please’ which is a homage to the late, great Louise Bourgeois, together with previous works, most recently shown in the ‘Housemade’ installation The Samuel Johnson Birthplace  Museum in Lichfield.

OCD-teacups-Glass-Cabinet-Kate-Tilley-Homegrown-Exhibition-Nuneaton-and-Bedworth-museum-and-Art-Gallery     Crone-Kate-Tilley-at-Homegrown-Exhibition-Nuneaton-and-Bedworth-museum-and-Art-Gallery.jpg

The exhibition is on until 17th July and many thanks once again to Matt Johnson the Museum Outreach Officer.


May 21, 2011

Maud & Me & 'Eager to Please'e

‘Homegrown’ indeed; after taking some time out for my latest creation, the amazing Maud, I have now just set-up my latest exhibition at Nuneaton & Bedworth Museum and Gallery, with the much appreciated help of Matt Johnson the Museum Outreach Officer.


‘Homegrown’ is a selection of my work dealing with themes of  home, femininity, English tradition and our notions of Craft and it sits particularly well within the eclectic Museum & Gallery collection.

Homegrown Exhibition at Nuneaton & Bedworth Museum & Art Gallery

The show is on from 21st May – 17th July and watch this space for more photos as I will be visiting the space next week to document the exhibition fully.

Homegrown Exhibition Cabinet


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