Katherine Diuguid is an Assistant Professor of Art+Design at NC State University. Her research focuses on stitch: Stitch as decoration as seen in embroidery, Stitch as structure as seen in hand dressmaking and tailoring, and the history and development of stitch in the US, UK, and France. Her most current research addresses color theory and interactions within stitching, especially goldwork embroidery.
Katherine graduated with her Master of Art+Design from North Carolina State University with a concentration in Fibers and Surface Design. Prior to her graduate studies, Katherine earned degrees in Industrial Design from North Carolina State University and Fashion Design from Parsons the New School of Design. She has worked in the fashion industry in footwear design and womenswear technical design. She has completed certificate programs from the Embroiderer’s Guild (UK) and the Royal School of Needlework focusing on hand embroidery and at Central Saint Martins in London focusing on couture tailoring. She complements her studio work in hand stitching with research trips to view numerous historic embroidery and fashion collections in the US and UK. In addition to her university teaching, Katherine has taught workshops for Penland School of Crafts, Embroiderers' Association of Canada, Smocking Arts Guild of America, the Embroiderers' Guild of America and the Contemporary Arts Museum of Raleigh (CAMRaleigh). As an extension of her research, she developed a study abroad program in collaboration with the Royal School of Needlework which saw a group of university students studying embroidery over the summer of 2016.
My work is rooted in my love of stitching. The methodical quiet of passing a needle in and out of a fabric provides a calm quiet for reflection and a platform to visually express ideas when my verbal words fall short. I continually refine my embroidery through studying traditional craft and through manipulating traditional techniques and materials to explore contemporary concepts. Nature’s overlooked details and history are important influences in my artistic work. My travels provide historic settings for personal expression through a kindred connection to the people that have stitched before me.
My current work is an extension of my theoretical research exploring color theory and the color interactions seen in the work of the Impressionist and Post Impressionist painters. Through my exploratory stitched samples and compositions, I synthesize my research, identify new questions to explore and discover new ways of expression.
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