Today we are getting to know Katie Stainer. Fascinated by books, stories and papers Katie specialises in unique origami jewellery and sculpture created using recycled and reclaimed books.
How would you describe your style?
Intricate and geometric, with my materials adding a hint of vintage.
Where do you work and does your location influence your work?
I work from my studio at Oldknows Factory Nottingham (Formerly a lace factory) which is a great space with large bright windows, loads of light all year round and a fantastic community of other creative businesses. It’s an inspiring place to work, meet other creatives and feel inspired.
How did you get started as an artist/designer?
After completing my degree in Decorative Arts in 2011 I just jumped straight in, opening a pop up shop in Nottingham selling a selection of designers and graduates work. I haven’t stopped since then!
Can you give us an idea of some of your creative processes?
Finished products often start off as an idea which I tend to sketch down wherever I am, or are developed from small models. I’m always experimenting with how paper can be folded and joined so I have a basket of these experiments ready and waiting for a solution or a use I’d not thought of at the time!
What is inspiring your work right now?
Geometry! I’m currently working on drawings inspired by the strong lines and shapes in my origami jewellery collections. I’ve spent 90% of the last 3 years folding paper to create ideas so it’s been a nice change to draw rather then fold!
Do you have any new designs you can give us a sneak preview of?
I’m currently working on a range of vintage collars, laser cut jewellery inspired by drawings of my origami work and a range of book sculpture incorporating visual depictions of sound.
What is your favourite thing about Nottingham?
The creative community. There are so many talented designers and makers out there and Nottingham is never short of exhibitions, pop up shops and exciting events.
The best piece of makers advice you have been given or can give to others?