Katie Dowsett b 1997
The artist specialises in fabric and textiles with her main focus on Tapestry. From an early age, Katie has had a fascination and passion with textiles and the history of weaving art and design together as one. The artist has a longing to explore, source and sample her designs with various materials and produce beautifully creative works of Tapestry. Her main focus since attending Art School, was to venture into delicate subjects including mental health and memory loss, and interpreting this into her work. Katie's current collection is based on the Rorschach test, the Rorschach test is a psychological test in which the subjects perception of inkblots are recorded then analysed using psychological interpretation, complex algorithms or both. Some psychologists use this test to examine a person's personality, characteristics and emotional function that can detect underlying thought disorder, especially in cases where patients are reluctant to describe their thinking process openly. The artist has explored this in some depth in her weaving, a three sectioned tapestry, focusing on the idea of which the test was originally designed for, to help diagnose bipolar and schizophrenia.
In her second year at Art School Katie was offered a placement at the prestigious tapestry school at West Dean College. West Dean Tapestry Studio is one of the only professional tapestry studios in the UK. Katie was privileged to be invited to the tapestry department and excelled in her skills of tapestry whilst on her placement where they taught her new techniques in the weaving process.
2019 CAPUG pop-up group exhibition at a gallery venue in Southsea
2019 CAPUG group exhibition 'Looking for Work' in a disused office space in Chichester