V&A Dundee


Make Works: Kate Colin

We've collaborated with Make Works to showcase the stories behind our products. Today we meet designer Kate Colin who works with paper to create homeware, lighting and installations.

Kate works out of her home studio in Partick in Glasgow. Her designs are folded out of paper to create beautiful geometric, three-dimensional forms. Find out more about her practice and background in the video below.

Kate's fascination started with her dad who was a mathematician. He would hang polyhedron models around the house and Kate wanted to have go herself.

A folded, geometric paper lampshade in a studio, with hooks behind it on which are hung ropes and paper materials.
One of Kate's creations.

The exclusive lampshade Kate made for us was inspired by the building itself.

Kate standing at her desk with a green cutting mat on it, folding grey and white paper into geometric shapes.
Kate working on her design.

The tools she uses are quite minimal: Kate uses rulers, scoring tools and sometimes a bone folder.

Paper lying on a cutting mat with a ruler and a scoring tool scattered across them.
A range of tools Kate uses.

Kate sources her paper from Britain where possible and being environmentally friendly is important to her.

A wall covered in geometric paper structures as well as colour charts and wheels and photos of children.
One of the walls in Kate's studio.
Kate standing next to her desk in a white, airy studio surrounded by paper creations.
Kate Colin in her studio in Glasgow.