Kate Millbank

Kate is a printmaker and designer.  She works primarily in the medium of lino printing and birch ply. Her work is inspired by the coastal landscape and its rich flora and fauna. Kate is particularly drawn to the strandline, and she will often be found collecting seaweed, shells, broken pottery and other flotsam and jetsam. Kate uses sketches of her beach finds and surrounding seascapes, playing with scale and detail, to create the compositions for her prints.

In addition to her prints, Kate has designed flocks of plywood birds designed to swoop gracefully across the wall or hang suspended in your home.  Each bird is laser cut from FSC approved birch ply and then screen printed with feather details and other distinctive markings.

Kate’s training includes a Foundation in art and design at Wimbledon School of Art,  a BA honours degree in fashion design at Central Saint Martins and a Masters in sustainable architecture and design at the Centre for Alternative Technology. Kate spent many years working in fashion design and later for a environmentally conscious interior design and product company. After leaving London and moving to Scotland, Kate studied  printmaking at Edinburgh Printmakers. She established her own design studio in 2017 making limited edition prints and plywood products.  Sustainability and craftsmanship is at the heart of Kate’s design ethos. All of her prints are produced by hand from her studio in East Lothian and the plywood products are cut and printed here in the UK using FSC approved plywood.