Kate Jenkins creates mouthwatering dishes entirely out of wool. Her realistic recreations include an entire knit and crochet bagel bar as well as canned sardines, each made with the aim to induce laughter.
“Whatever I create, whether it’s a carton of French fries, a tin of sardines or a box of frogs I always include lots of warmth and a dash of wit,” writes Jenkins on her website. “Above all, I want my work to make people smile.” A worthy goal, especially in times of crisis.
According to Jenkins, her whimsical is the result of years of experimentation with wool. “I was always looking for different ways to use my love of wool, textile, and color,” she explains. “And that’s how my art was born.” When Jenkins says “always” she isn’t exaggerating. She describes how she could knit and crochet by the age of eight and had spent many happy hours of her childhood totally engrossed in creating things with yarn. “Right from the beginning, I was addicted,” she admits.
“It didn’t take me long to realize that I was much better at interpreting an idea by creating it in 3d using wool rather than through painting or drawing,” she further relayed. This realization led her eventually to the University of Brighton where she graduated with a BA in Fashion and Textiles in 1995.
Fast forward some decades later and Jenkins now showcases her work in exhibitions, on top of creating commissioned pieces for both public and private collections. But you can also enjoy her pieces online, via Instagram.