Now available: the Basilica collection
FABRICS | CUSHIONS | LAMPS
Colour is very much at the heart of Kate's fabrics and homewares. Bold colours and simple motifs contrast with flamboyant one-off designs, often influenced by her time in the Far East. Having grown up on an organic farm, surrounded by wildlife, Kate studied Fine Art and History of Art, before being drawn to a career working in business in London, Singapore and Hong Kong for much of her twenties and early 30s. Kate's return to rural England, heralded the start of a return to the creative arts and a fabric design commission which set her off on her new career, forming the Kate Medlicott studio in 2016. Kate is now based in the South West of England, where she lives with her husband and two small children.
I am delighted to launch my first woven fabric, Basilica, inspired by patterns in Giotto's frescos at Assisi. I first visited Assisi as an art student. When I returned a decade later, I was struck by the subtle intertwining patterns in the background to many of Giotto's paintings. I captured some of these at the time in my sketch book and have brought them to life another ten years on as my first woven fabric. With sustainability at the heart of my business, Basilica is woven for me by an historic family-owned mill in England which has been in operation since 1720.
The starting point for the Attic collection was a small, very worn and precious silk cushion that came from the Belgian side of my family. I spent lockdown studying this little cushion and sketching ideas for fabric designs. Namêche, Chardon-Marie and Meuse each reflect elements from the original cushion, depicting flowers, leaves and meandering blocks of colour.
My Journeyman collection was entirely inspired by artifacts found at Glastonbury Abbey, where I have spent many a summer's day with my children. The collection comprises five designs, ranging from large trailing prints to intricate patterned stripes to the storybook Journeyman on horseback.
Asian Sojourn, was inspired by my time in the Far East and is full of exotic colour and pattern.
All of my fabrics are printed or woven in England.