Meet the Maker behind Elworthy Studio
MEET THE INNOVATIVE MAKER BEHIND THE MAGIC OF ELWORTHY STUDIO, AN ARTISAN DESIGN STUDIO THAT IS BLAZING A TRAIL IN HER TECHNIQUES, METHODS AND SIGNATURE STYLE.
Known for her romantic, raw and edgy textiles and wallpapers, Kate Miller creates original artwork using a variety of avant-garde artistic mediums and methodologies and then works with her production team to bring the artwork to life as luxury home decor.
Kate studied painting and textile design which was under the umbrella of fashion design, yet she found herself wanting to design for home, where her creations could be lived in and have a daily impact on people. After her studies, Kate’s interest was drawn to creating wallcoverings, and the timing was right as the wallpaper renaissance was already in effect. In 2015, Kate officially launched Elworthy Studio.
“I found myself wanting to design for the home. To create patterns that people could live with and feel the impact of every day.”
For each collection, Kate explores and experiments extensively with different methods as a part of her creative process. This variety is shown in her work; from rust dyeing, to printmaking, to cameraless (alternative) photography, every method offers a different feeling to each collection she creates.
“In design school they encouraged this super methodical, organized approach to creating a collection, and truthfully, I’ve pretty much thrown it out the window!”
Although her methodologies change, Kate relentlessly draws on the exploration of her inner and outer worlds which lead to “new discoveries, and sometimes, deep wells of inspiration.”.
“My creative process is guided by intention, intuition, and observation. I am repeatedly drawn to techniques that require relinquishing control, and allowing space for the unexpected to emerge.”
Kate more recently has learned how to integrate the spiritual aspects of her life into her creative process in order to make art that can support wellbeing and healing. Her most recent collection, Altered States, was born as a result of her own healing journey and from the inquiry “What designs do people need right now to support in their healing and well being?”
We asked Kate to explain what makes her process uniquely different.
“Many artists get into a flow state when they create. A flow state is one form of an altered state. What I do is go into an altered state first, to source design ideas/elements/colors. I use the practice of shamanic journeying to dive deep into my subconscious, to connect with my spirit guides and to be open to any ideas that might be revealed. I chose this methodology because I truly believe that as creatives, we are channels, and by opening ourselves to co-creation with the divine, so have the potential to bring about design with greater impact.”
Like an act of magic, Kate’s soulful and emotionally evocative designs are far from meaningless and when integrated into spaces, they become sacred, and inspire us in unique and unexpected ways.
To learn more about Elworthy Studio’s most recent wallpaper collection, Altered States, click here.
Be inspired by the creations of Elworthy Studio here where you can request samples of Kate’s wallpaper and fabric collections.