Kate Owen (née Sherman) was born in 1986 in Richmond, Virginia. The formative years of her life were spent in several locations in the US, particularly a little mountain town in Colorado. The skyline outside her house was surrounded by snowy peaks and pine trees, and it was folk music, camping and slow living that shaped these early years.
In 1994 her family emigrated to the south west of England, and her teenage years were spent growing up in Bristol, before moving to London to study textile design at Central St Martins in 2006.
Seeking to connect with lost family histories and identities, Owen’s work revives the handmade pieces of her heritage. Drawing on early American folk traditions and focussing on pieced quilting and patchwork, she evokes the ‘American patchwork’ of her identity through bespoke handmade pieces.
She is based in Peckham, London, and regularly teaches group classes focussing on log cabin quilting.