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Museum of Making Space to Grow Residency

What is the Museum of Making Space to Grow Residency?

The Museum of Making Space to Grow Residency is for new and emerging artists and makers, working in any discipline. You have started your journey as an artist and/or maker but are in the 1st five years of your creative career. Perhaps you are developing a new product or body of work, prototyping in a new material or method, exploring new skills, perhaps you just need time and space to think and play. This residency is intended to support you to further your thinking by providing a dedicated 14sqm studio space and access to the Museum of Making workshops. It also comes with a small stipend for materials and resources, and advice and mentor support. 

Our Maker-in-residence for the period October 2021 – March 2022 is textile artist Katie Sims.


Image: Katie sharing her practice with visitors in The Cocoon at the Museum of Making © Kate Lowe Photography 

Katie is an award-winning handwoven textile designer and maker. Her practice utilises hand weaving as an exciting method of construction, pushing the boundaries of the loom in order to create unconventional, complex and tactile three-dimensional surfaces. Katie uses the practice of weaving to respond to the world around us and explore the importance of making and craftsmanship in modern society. All of Katie’s work is handwoven and she often hand-dyes yarns as well as sourcing unneeded yarn from UK mills to increase sustainability.

Having recently graduated with a First Class Degree in Textile Design from the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham, Surrey, Katie is hopeful that this residency will enable her to continue developing her creative practice.

Katie is based at the Museum of Making approximately 2-3 days per week and can often be found working in The Cocoon on the third floor. She is keen to engage with other makers, creatives and like-minded individuals, so please do pop by for a chat!

The Space to Grow Residency 1 is generously supported by Arts Council England.