My name is Katie Gammie and I love to draw. I’m an artist, designer and maker living in Markinch with my husband and three children. I studied painting at Edinburgh College of Art and Printmaking at the Royal College of Art and worked as a picture framer and property photographer and part time maker selling my bags and accessories at local markets, before having my children.
It was only after my children were born that I started drawing again, as a way of gaining some headspace in my chaotic home. This sparked something in me and reignited my making and so katiebirdie was born.
I love to find all the hidden little details and colours on insects, birds and other nature that I come across on my daily travels and beyond. The hairy legs of a bee or the amazing jewel - like colours hidden in a starling until the light shines on it in just the right way. I then draw these intricacies with a super sharp pencil and my watercolours.
These drawings are just the starting point for my work. They stand alone but I also like to use them to create silk screen prints which enable me to play about with bold blocks of colour for a more graphic style.
I also use the drawings to turn into patterns for which I digitally manipulate the backgrounds to change colour or add more detail to allow for strong prints. I have these digitally printed on a range of different fabrics which I use to hand make a range of homeware and accessories including cushions, lampshades, bags and scarves.
And just in case you are wondering my nickname at primary school was Katie Birdie. We were learning the song Katie Bairdie (had a coo) but got the words a bit wrong!