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Your Name: Kate Kelly

Name of Business: Kaper

Artform/Specialisms: Paper sculptures, monoprints.

Other Makers Who Are In My Studio: Suzanne Devine who makes bags and accessories & Julia Roy-Williams who makes jewellery.

How would you describe the items you produce?
I design paper sculptures based on woodland creatures and household objects. They are monoprinted by hand to make sure each one has its own textures, patterns and colour palette. Each model made is one of a kind. I also enjoy making bespoke pieces.

What are the things that have inspired, and continue to inspire, your work?
I love making birds because they are such colourful, quirky little creatures. So much of their character can be alluded to in different ways. I am always inspired by shapes and patterns.

When you are not producing new work, what do you like to spend your time doing and why?
I love illustration and animation and I’m always trying to better my drawing skills. I like to visit galleries and museums and I read a lot.

If you were asked to describe the experience of visiting Manchester Craft & Design Centre to someone who has yet to come along, what would you tell them?
It’s a rare opportunity for visitors to see handmade items being made on site. Often you get a first look at our new designs and learn about the story behind what we’ve made. When looking for special gifts you can also consult directly with the maker and incorporate your own ideas within the design.

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