You may have spotted our feature on ‘woolly food’ a few weeks ago. One of the most popular pieces we featured was Pork Pie, a genius piece of art from British artist Kate Jenkins. Kate is something of a guru when it comes to crochet – she uses 100% lambswool to replicate everyday items with her deft needlework, a wry eye for detail and a touch of humour.
Having graduated from the University of Brighton with a degree in Fashion & Textiles, Kate spent several successful years as a knitting consultant, with her designs finding favour with numerous fashion labels – Marc Jacobs, Missoni, Sonia Rykiel and Donna Karan. In 2003, Kate established her own label – Cardigan – which she operates from her studio and shop in Brighton.
Kate is probably best known for her crocheted art recreations of food, once creating an entire dinner party, even down to crocheted bottles of champagne! Her work has been exhibited in London, Brighton, even the US and is collected worldwide.
Kate’s most recent work, including the fab Red Mullet and Chips, will be exhibited on the walls of the Field and Fork Restaurant (www.fieldandfork.co.uk) at Pallant House in Chichester The exhibition – a celebration of the work of Sir Peter Blake to commemorate his 80th birthday – will run from 23rd June until 7th October. If you are in the Chichester area, be sure to check it out.