For the Love of Wool: Kate Jenkins’ Textile Art Will Make You Smile

There’s something altogether delightful about Kate Jenkins’ yarn art, made to resemble our favorite food dishes. Bagels, cakes, and frosted doughnuts are all meticulously made using wool. “I was always looking for different ways to use my love of wool, textile, and color,” explained Jenkins on her website. “And that’s how my art was born.”

But like most textile artists, her love of knitting and crafting, in general, began much earlier than that. “I was around the age of eight when I learned to knit and crochet,” writes Jenkins. “Right from the beginning, I was addicted. I spent many happy hours in my childhood home in Wales totally engrossed in creating ‘things’ with yarn!”

Growing up, she didn’t let go of her hobby and took it a step further than when she enrolled to the University of Brighton where she graduated with a BA in Fashion and Textiles in 1995. But she would go on to have a career as a knitwear designer (working with some of the world’s most famous labels, including Missoni, Donna Karan, and Ralph Lauren), before ultimately becoming a full-time artist.

While my journey has been varied and exciting, one thing never changes,” says Jenkins. “Whatever I create, whether it’s a carton of French fries, a tin of sardines or a box of frogs I always include lots of warmth and a dash of wit. Above all, I want my work to make people smile.”

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