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Kate Catterall


Kate Catterall is a designer and educator. Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, she studied at the Glasgow School of Art, Scotland, and currently lives in Austin, Texas. Initially trained in the materials and methods of the industrial age—as a silversmith, product, and furniture designer—she started her career designing one-off products and environments for the luxury market in the United Kingdom. Catterall has lived in the United States since 1993, undertaking a broad range of projects through which she explores the history, form and cultural relevance of design in her new country. Her teaching focuses on the ethical dilemmas faced by designers (and society) as the far-reaching consequences of the design act and the broader role of the designer in culture are reassessed within the Anthropocene. Her current research utilizes the “design intervention” as an opportunity to reframe design as a central form of cultural production, positioning it as a practice that reaches beyond commercial application, as well as exploring the potential of designed artifacts as polemical tools capable of transforming actions, lifestyles, and opinions.


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Drawing the Ring of Steel: A Counter-Monument for Belfast

Essay and project by Kate Catterall