Kate Loundoun Shand Textiles
KLS is the textiles brand of British designer and artist Kate Loudoun-Shand. Kate’s designs are balanced deftly between her strong sense of the contemporary and her love of textiles tradition.
Kate has worked with pattern for 20 years. A graduate of Saint Martin's College of Art and the Royal College of Art, she is sought worldwide as a trend consultant, and has worked with craftspeople and makers from across the US, Europe, India, & China. Kate has championed mark-making techniques in textile design and has spoken on textiles history at institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Victoria & Albert Museum. She has been an SVP Design at leading manufacturer CHF Industries in New York, and Creative Director of design consultancy ny-lon USA Inc.
Kate draws inspiration from all sorts of places and follows no rule, but she tries to bring a sense of joy and adventure to everything she does. Kate and her family divide their time between New York and Wiltshire in the U.K.
We work from Kate's initial hand-painted patterns, done in ink, house-paint, gouache, anything she can lay her hands on. Very often a KLS design offers a twist on a traditional motif - stripes, botanicals, brush-marks. The linens are either screen-printed, or digitally printed, in the US. The performance fabrics are digitally printed in Europe.
It's important to Kate to have the early samples in her home, to see how they live and breathe in a room. Something of the fun and gentleness of the designs comes from this part of the process. Every fabric in the line works well with the others; many of the tweaks in color and detail serve this purpose. Often the most striking designs don't make the final cut.
KLS linens are printed in small batches, most often to order. As with all fabrics made from natural fibers, some variation in the shade of the base cloth is to be expected. This can have subtle effects on the printed colors.
The digitally-printed linens are suitable for all kinds of light home furnishing and upholstery, and for all kinds of window treatment.
The screen-printed linens are suitable for heavier use in the home. The pigment goes deeper into the fabric in this process and the print will last a good deal longer.
The performance fabrics are very durable and are ideal for heavy use, indoors and outdoors, as well as in hospitality, nautical, and other commercial settings. We find them tremendous for ordinary upholstery in busy homes with kids, where accidents will happen…
Some of what Kate Loundoun Shand does best ….