Libby Kates is a textile designer specialising in woven fabrics. She studied at Nottingham Trent University where she discovered her love for weaving and graduated with a 1st class BA Hons degree in Textile Design in 2012. Throughout her studies Libby developed a strong technical understanding and distinct design style, producing a collection of high-quality fabrics that she exhibited at New Designers in London and Spin Expo in Shanghai.
Since graduation, Libby has been dedicated to pursuing a career in textiles and has carried out internships with the haute-couture textile studio Malhia Kent in Paris, and with designer-maker Holly Berry in London. She enjoys combining interesting techniques and exciting yarns to create innovative fabrics. She has a good eye for colour and a sophisticated approach to design.
The QEST grant has enabled Libby to undertake a full-time apprenticeship with Dash and Miller, an exciting hand-weaving studio based in Bristol. Dash and Miller create bespoke designs for clients including Chanel, Calvin Klein and Hugo Boss. QEST’s grant has allowed Libby to develop her design and hand-weaving skills in order to contribute to Dash and Miller’s seasonal portfolio of hand-woven designs for the fashion and interior industries, and seasonal collection of UK produced ready to wear luxury Womenswear fabrics.