Hi, I’m Kate Matthews, a Part 1 Architectural Assistant who watches too much motorsport.
Architecture is “the art or practice of designing and constructing buildings”.
I have been interested in architecture for years, especially walking around and looking up at the upper floors or ceilings of everyday locations. This highlights the patchwork nature of the world around us, with the varying styles and materials used in a single row of buildings.
The work in the Architecture section is mostly university projects. We would be given a site somewhere in the local area, and a brief of what we were required to include, and could interpret it however we wanted.
The architectural drawings for my university projects were all hand drawn, scanned in, then edited and coloured in Photoshop. The Stained Glass Warehouse, on the other hand, was drawn up entirely on the computer in Corel Painter Essentials.
I am a prolific photographer, usually of buildings or other structures. I often take photos whilst walking around, especially of views or places that I see on a regular basis.
I’ve always been interesting in hand drawing, and usually have a sketchbook with me. I usually draw with pencil or graphite, but have also had a go at using felt tip pen, charcoal and chalk pastels, to name but a few. I've also tried out some model making.
I’ve recently started experimenting with computer drawing using a graphics tablet, an alternative input device comprised of a pressure sensitive pad and a stylus. It's designed to mimic the feeling of a pen on paper. There’s definitely been a learning curve, especially as I had to get used to looking at the computer screen, instead of what I'm drawing.
Many of my drawings are inspired by my interests.
For years now, I have actively followed various forms of motorsport, including Formula 1, MotoGP and the World Endurance Championship.