Print & Pattern with Katy Goutefangea

Posted: Sep 23 2013

Continuing our interviews with the designers featuring in our in-store exhibition of work by Hackney Designers and Makers, we talk to Katy Goutefangea about her work and inspiration. Katy produces small runs of patterned textile and paper products in her Hackney Studio, utilising traditional techniques to produce items with a strong emphasis on quality materials and timeless design.
1. Tell us a bit about yourself and how you came to live/work in Hackney:
I studied Fine Art at the Cass in Aldgate and after spending a few years moving around East London ended up in Hackney. I really love the area and can’t imagine leaving anytime soon.


2. Describe your work and style:
I love process and am drawn to traditional techniques. My prints will always start out as pen and ink drawings which I then manipulate into repeats. I aim to find a balance between simplicity and intrigue, often trying to trick the eye with some sort of illusionary quality.


3. Tell us about a typical day in the life of you:
I can’t function without a coffee in the morning so often start my day in a coffee shop. I then split my time between the studio and printroom - designing, researching and printing lots of stock!


4. What do you get up to in your spare time:
I’m a bit of a hoarder and spend a lot of time buying and browsing vintage items, my excuse is that they often turn out to be great sources of inspiration.


5. Tell us the best way to spend a day in London:
Summer days are best spent lounging in one of the amazing parks. We have so many green spaces - London Fields, Clissold, Victoria Park. In Winter I love visiting galleries and Museums and Hackney’s got some great ones such as the Geffrye Museum or William Morris Gallery.