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Kate Rattray

I was born in Devon and graduated in Cheshire with a BA (Hons) Creative Arts in 1989. At college I made unusual collages, photo montages, and music videos.
In 1995 I was asked to make a large mosaic with school children on an exterior wall. I was fascinated with the process; the texture and play of light on the glass,
 and I continued to develop my skills and style through experimentation, persistence,and obsession.

I am inspired by the strength, structure and colours of nature, especially skies, weather, trees and birds. Many of my mosaics are stories that are similar
to ancient myths; looking at the world as a primitive and magical place. Often I plan my work as a sequence, to allow the flow of time and movement and this
will sometimes lead to a stop-motion mosaic animation, allowing me to experiment and make the story come to life.

I work with many different mosaic materials, and particularly enjoy working with smalti glass and gold because of the intense and vibrant colours and tones,
and stained glass because I can cut it into shapes and long thin strips. Iridescent glass is also very exciting to use because of it's change of colour
in different light.
In 2004 I attended the Orsoni master mosaic course in Venice, to learn how to cut and use smalti glass and watch it being made.

I often use unorthodox processes to arrange colour and to prepare and set materials, such as using stained glass strips set on edge, and setting the tiles in the
same direction and/or colour for both subject and background.

Much of my two dimensional work is made indirectly (the mosaic pieces are stuck onto paper upside down and back to front, then the adhesive is poured into a
 frame onto the back of the mosaic. When it is dry, the paper is soaked off) This gives the work a flat surface, which I find is aesthetically pleasing and easier
 to look at.

I am now based in Somerset and make work for exhibitions and commission, and with schools and communities.

I am a member of the British Association of Modern Mosaic and was selected as a full member of the Somerset Guild of Craftsmen in November 2006.

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