Hi I’m Kate, I am a textile designer and have worked in the industry for 18 years. I left the corporate safety net about 8 years ago to work freelance and now have my own textile business making products for the home with a focus on sustainability and using British manufacturing & suppliers. Kate Cullum Design is a woven textile design studio specialising in traditional handwoven, tapestry & rug weaving techniques to create sustainable high craft products for the home.
Characterised by bold confident patterns Kate is inspired by the everyday shapes and patterns around her from the bold lines in architecture to the shapes and shadows created by landscapes. Each design starts as a drawing in her sketch book before being developed & meticulously executed.
Passionate about the environment she uses only natural materials sourced in the UK by British sheep farmers and has a zero tolerance on plastic!
Kate graduated in 2000 with a degree in Textile design & Weaving from Winchester School of Art after which she moved to London to work for a leading woven textile design studio designing woven textiles for the fashion and interior markets & travelling the world selling to clients such as Gap, Calvin Klein, Boden & Ralph Lauren to name a few!
After a short break to have her first child Kate went on to work for Debenhams and over the next 8 years designed the mens formal wear and shirting ranges before going it alone as a freelance designer with Debenhams & Tu at Sainsburys as her main clients.
A concern with the impact that the textile industry was having on the environment led Kate to design her own range of textiles with an emphasis on heritage & sustainability. Driven by todays mass produced throw away culture and the fact that our traditional crafts are fast disappearing there is now a movement dedicated to reviving these ancient crafts with slow living at its heart.