About Kate

Kate Slater is a freelance illustrator and designer. She works predominantly in collage and mixed media, although more recently, she's been experimenting with ink too.

While Kate mostly illustrates children's books and magazines she has produced work for all sorts of clients, including advertising and editorial, and has a growing business creating her own range of stationery, wrapping paper and homeware.

Kate also creates large scale installations and window displays of her artwork, most notably in a chapel on the National Trust's Farne Islands, off the coast of Northumberland. You can see the enormous 'Farnes Flock' here. This exhibition also led to Kate appearing on Blue Peter in July 2013 (quite possibly the best thing that's ever happened to her!).

Kate studied illustration at Kingston University (2005-2008). She grew up on a beautiful farm in deepest Staffordshire and, after living in London for a few years, she returned to rural life and now works from her studio in the village, in a room piled high with paper, watched over by her Labrador, Gladys.

When Kate isn't working, she is usually to be found walking with Gladys (or chasing after Gladys chasing after pheasants), running, reading, singing in Lichfield Gospel Choir and practicing yoga. Her favourite things to draw are bears and birds.

If you'd like to see photos of work-in-progress, Gladys and the countryside you might follow Kate on Instagram.

Selected Clients:

Andersen Press

Barefoot Books

Frances Lincoln Publishers

Simon and Schuster

Macmillan Children's Books

Random House Children's Books

Oxford University Press

Oxford Designers and Illustrators

Walker Books

The National Trust

The Natural History Museum


The Guardian

The Royal Collection Trust

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Zig (ad agency)

Passion Pictures

Yorkshire Sculpture Park




'Kate Slater - An Exhibition,' The Farne Islands, (National Trust)

Paperworks, The Gallery, Masham



Solo exhibition at The Jam Factory, Oxford



AOI Images, Bankside Gallery, London

Blossom, AIM for Art Gallery, Milton Keynes



Window installation at Yorkshire Sculpture Park,

AOI Images, London College of Communication, London



AOI Images, London College of Communication, London

Owl & Lion Gallery, Edinburgh



Walk the Line, Conningsby Gallery, London


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