“I grew up in Suffolk where the skies are vast and the land is low and flat. My grandad was an architect and he taught me the rudiments of technical drawing when I was 9. He made me a drawing board and a T square, and showed me how to sharpen a pencil with a knife.
I ventured north to York were I studied fine art at University (YSJ) and specialised in textile design.
Hebden Bridge is home and is part of who I am and what I do. I love the warmth, the colour and the community of where I live. I love that almost everyone I meet in the street can do or make something beautiful. It inspires much of my work and the longer I am here, the more I learn about the town, and so my work develops. There is such history here. I hear stories from the people who remember the town when it was black and industrial and those who remember the hedonistic hippy days. The house I live in has seen it all, and we’re uncovering it’s histories as we pull up the floors and strip the walls.
I live in Hebden Bridge with my husband and my three small children. I can see trees from my studio window at the front of the house. There are the remains of a vast mill chimney in my garden. It is full of nesting birds.”
More of Kate Lycett’s images will appear here soon.