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Fisher, Kate Cayce

Westport, KY


stitched accessories

Kate Cayce Fisher has been involved with fabric and surface design most of her life. She studied art at the Louisville School of Art and at various workshops across the country. She has created commissioned fabric murals, banners and wall quilts for numerous hospitals and churches. In 1983 Kate opened “First Hand Fabric” where she and her employees created, hand painted suede garments and accessories as well as patterned yardage for interiors.


Kate’s designs are made using a resist technique with hand-cut tapes and adhesive papers. Each ‘stencil’ is placed on the suede in geometric patterns. The painting is done with a soft brush using flexible, iridescent textile pigments. The stencils are then peeled off, raising the suede nap above the glossy painted patterns and providing textural contrast. Kate likes the deckled edges inherent to suede and her designs are colorfast and may be dry-cleaned. 


Accessories are made either from all over patterned lamb suede or are layered from small pieces. Kate is influenced by batik and screen-printing techniques, piecing and collage making, and the geometric patterned surfaces of contemporary painted quilts.


Works by Kate Cayce Fisher can be found at Gallery 104, LaGrange, KY; Urban Kitty, Louisville, KY; Westport General Store, Westport, KY; and at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY.