My name is Kate Davies. I live in a small steading on the edge of the Scottish Highlands where I love writing, designing, and walking in the wonderful landscapes that surround me. I find that all of these activities have a creative and a critical dimension and the best of possible worlds is one in which I productively combine them all. I have written books, essays and feature articles on a wide range of topics from the American Revolution to the history of lace. I’ve combined my interests in writing and knitwear design in my popular books such as Yokes (2014) and Colours of Shetland (2012), (available in my shop)
I like my choice of materials to have a genuine connection to the landscape in which I live and work. I’ve recently begun to produce my own brand of 100% Scottish Wool yarn and I’ve worked with several museums and heritage organisations,sharing my expertise in design and textile history (e.g. Tate Modern, Shetland Amenity Trust, and Gawthorpe Textiles). I’ve been an ambassador of Shetland Wool Week, my designs have featured on BBC TV, and my website is archived by the British Library as part of its project to preserve national documentary heritage.
My husband, Tom Barr, shares my love of the great Scottish outdoors, and takes the beautiful photographs you’ll find here. Tom’s favourite activity is running up and down Munros in a running vest and fell shoes, but he is also a fantastic cook with a passion for Scottish culinary history. You’ll find some of Tom’s recipes in my books.
We live with Bruce, our fun-loving labrador, who enjoys running with Tom, walking with me, and swimming in Loch Lomond whenever he gets the opportunity.
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