Kimberley Gough

Kimberley Gough - BA (Hons) Textiles In Practice


I am a textile designer specialising in the creation of woven fabrics. I have always been fascinated by the idea of creating something out of very little and so I enjoy how I can use a palette of fibres and yarns to fabricate my own woven cloth. The possibilities within weaving are endless, and this leaves me wanting to continue to research, learn, explore and experiment with the various techniques and yarns available.

I am particularly interested in the history of art and textiles and believe that there is a lot that you can learn from the past. My work is therefore underpinned by an interest in historical, cultural and traditional textiles, taking inspiration from aspects such as colour and pattern.

This collection is based around the theme of ‘Drapery’, using paintings and marble sculptures from the Renaissance and Baroque periods to inform the research and contexts behind my work. I am drawn to the realism of these artworks and the way painters and sculptors bring drapery to life within their work. My aim was to replicate this illusionism within my own work, focusing on various techniques such as the effects of light and shade, three-dimensions, distortion of pattern and imagery.

I have an innovative and sustainable approach to textiles, taking into consideration the materials I am using, ensuring the most appropriate fabric designs for various applications. I consider my work to be versatile, enabling it to be used for a variety of contexts and purposes. I therefore aim to produce fabrics fit for a range of commercial uses, including fashion, interiors, transport, etc.