Katie's practice incorporates textiles, video, ceramics and functional furniture brought together as installations. Together in a Room was the culmination of research undertaken by Katie as Associate Producer for Satellites Programme 2016, which explored the politics of, and relationships between, craft, design, housing and education.
During her time with Collective, Katie developed her interest in the relationships built between people, shapes, colours and histories within an interior environment. As part of her research, she visited spaces associated with forms of 20th and 21st century domestic design and craft education, including homes, museums, showrooms, schools and colleges - all of which informed the production of Together in a Room.
Inspired by storefront displays and 1960’s Lundby dolls house design, all elements in the gallery were carefully considered to make an environment that encompassed a new embroidery, film work and collection of handmade stools. All works in the exhibition were made simultaneously, meaning that shapes, lines, rhythms and colours were echoed throughout the different mediums.
Satellites Programme is Collective’s development programme for emergent artists and producers based in Scotland. 2016 participants were: Jennifer Bailey, Mark Bleakley, Anastasia Philimonos, Katie Schwab and Hamish Young.