Kate Farley

Kate Farley

Kate is Course Leader for BA (Hons) Fashion and BA (Hons) Textile Design, teaching across both courses.

Predominant teaching specialisms are drawing, printed textile design, contextual studies / research and professional practice.

Kate manages the staff team across the teaching and learning experience, working with other professional services at the university and beyond. She leads on course development and academic processes including recruitment, assessment and progression.

With significant and highly varied design experience Kate has an established a professional profile of industry collaborations and site-specific commissions with leading companies such as Formica and Transport for London.


I explore image and printed pattern design for a wide range of contexts and clients with outcomes large and small scale.

Using printmaking, collage, photography, and digital printing I have over twenty years of industry experience designing for clients such as London Transport Museum, Barbican Centre, Birmingham Airport, David Mellor Design and the NHS.

Projects include exhibitions, graphic artworks, books and design for clients in fashion, interiors and public art, with outcomes such as exterior surface designs, collections of giftware, interior fabrics & wallpaper.

I focus my practice on British made products, working with leading manufacturers for production and fabrication of project outcomes on both hard and soft material surfaces.

I am particularly interested in bespoke pattern design, building brand identity and cultural heritage within pattern compositions.

Visual communication and visual narratives are key aspects in my design practice and I have written academic papers / presentations on the subject. I am currently working on a book relating to my practice of pattern design, due to be published in 2022.

My work is in international collections including Tate, British Library & Yale Center for British Arts USA.

  • 2019: Research Paper ‘Constructing pattern: a new language of cloth’  FTC conference, Bolton University
  • 2018: Designer of bespoke surface pattern for Birmingham Airport refurbishment of the south terminal
  • 2018: Designer of ‘Gardening with Mr Bawden’, book published by Design for Today
  • 2017-18: ‘Construct’ work featured in ‘Ambiguous Implements’ touring show
  • 2017: Designer of Parks & Garden, 4 posters for Transport for London, on the London Underground network Sept – Dec 2017 and four limited editions of prints for sale at the London Transport Museum
  • 2017: Winner of ‘Best home improvement’ category at the House Beautiful awards 2017 with The Window Film Company for ‘Construct’ window film
  • 2016: Launched own brand design collection ‘threads’ including a collaboration with The Window Film Company and Formica Group, selected to show at London Design Festival / London Design Fair, London
  • 2016: ‘Rhythms’ pattern print collection for Barbican Centre London shop
  • 2016: Bespoke surface pattern designs for Tektura Wallcoverings
  • 2015: Designed bespoke ‘Pride’ pattern for David Mellor Design
  • 2015: Launched own brand design collection ‘Construct’ including a collaboration with The Window Film Company and Formica Group, selected to show at London Design Festival / London Design Fair, London
  • 2014: Launched ‘Hanbury’ wallpaper, London Design Festival
  • 2013: Solo show ‘Plotting Prints’ at Tinsmiths, Ledbury
  • 2013: Designed bespoke ‘Chelsea’ pattern for David Mellor Design
  • 2012: Launched own brand design collection ‘Plot to Plate’, selected to show at Spotted showcase at Top Drawer trade show, London
  • 2010: The order of things, site-specific large-scale exterior wall-scape for Newhall Square, Birmingham
  • 2007-09: Creative Convenience, bespoke commission / collaboration on public toilet refurbishments for Colchester Borough Council, Essex.

Academic activities

  • 2015 – 2019 – Hereford College of Arts, External Examiner
  • 2017 – Higher Education Academy, awarded Senior Fellow status
  • Currently – NUA Representative of the Association of Fashion & Textiles Courses
  • 2018 – ongoing – exhibition reviewer, TEXTILE: Cloth and Culture
  • 2015 – ongoing – Bloomsbury UK, Book Reviewer


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