SwatchHub on Mother Eagle
Kate Tume, The master of mixing materials in Wildlife Embroideries and Embellishments. I stumbled upon her embroidered Monkey on an Instagram binge and fell in love. The detail in her work brings her creatures to life with such a beautiful story and powerful expression. When I wrote to Kate asking her for more information on her work I was thrilled to received a response. I related to her story, It always feels like such a heavy weight when someone tells you that you wont succeed in something you want to try, and its such an incredible feeling to prove them wrong! From being told large scale detailed embroidery would take too much time to being published internationally. Incredible! I cant wait to see what she's working on next and I know one day she will live her dream of embroidering from a Wildlife charity!
Studio: Kate Tume /Mother Eagle
Whats your story Kate?
A question with many answers! My mum used to always be embroidering, so I picked it up as a means of creativity at a very young age. I was very interested in fashion and working in that field for years but academia pushed me away from the creative side of that and towards more business focused pursuits. In 2010 after a couple of years of casting around for a place for my frustrated artist to settle, I made my first piece of embroidery art, a skull from Grey's Anatomy, in cross stitch. I drew the whole chart out by hand. then I made another one, lifesize. Then I started making miniature embroidered femurs, a few other experimental projects, all teaching myself more and more advanced techniques. It went on like this until 2013 when I moved to my dream location on the south coast of England, and started to work big. This felt radical as I had always been told that the amount of time hand embroidery took meant any chance of making a living would only be possible if I stayed small. A metaphor for life and finding your voice if ever there was one. I got a part time retail job and made a series of 5 large and fantastical animal portraits, completing them in 2016, by which time I was fully focused on my art practice. I've made a series of work each year since and exhibited and appeared in publications internationally.
What is your favorite part of your craft?
Colour and texture.
When you hit a wall where do you look for inspiration to get you going again?
Stories. All my work is a response to learning the story of the subject and retelling it in my words.
What has been your biggest obstacle as an artist?
My self limiting beliefs, and the refusal of the majority of the art world to see textiles as legitimate a fine art medium as sculpture or painting.
What is your dream project?
I would love to be commissioned to create work for a big wildlife charity!