Hi! I am Kirstin and I am pleased to be introducing myself as a Designer Maker having just completed a 3 year Textile Practices Degree at Arts University Plymouth.
I have developed a varied range of skills during my studies including many different dye processes, Devore and discharge, tufting, embroidery, screen printing, sublimation print, hot press techniques, a good base of digital skills using Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. I have enjoyed every moment of the last 3 years of study despite the impact of Covid and am keen to continue my studies by doing a Masters in Textile Design.
As a mature student I brought with me skills learnt as a self employed Seamstress of many years and it has been wonderful using them to express my own creativity as a change from fulfilling my clients requirements. I have a studio in the heart of the Tamar Valley with wonderful views of the river and Calstock Viaduct, it is an inspirational place to live and work.
Kirstin Taylor is a designer maker whose social justice values inform her relationship with
clients. Their vision acts as a creative catalyst for her work. She is passionate about
stretching the potential of materials and techniques to produce an original style for each
project. A multidisciplinary approach lets her combine processes to achieve unexpected and innovative results .
Taking inspiration from the natural environment, particularly water, the polish of her finished work bears witness to more than 20 years’ experience as a professional seamstress. She is adept at using both new and heritage techniques, such as passmenterie, employing a wide range of traditional and unconventional materials to create unique effects in colour and texture. An open-water swimmer, Kirstin’s joy in her work comes from immersion in her craft and discovery of what lies beyond accepted boundaries.