About Katie 

                                                Katie Gilbert is a textile designer from the UK, who specialises in print and surface

                                                pattern design, with an interest in illustration and graphics. Originally from 

                                                Kettering, Northamptonshire, she attended the University of Derby where she 

                                                achieved a MA in Fashion and Textiles in 2019 and, previously, a BA (Hons) in 

                                               Textile Design in 2018. 

                                               During her studies, Katie developed valuable knowledge and skills in colour theory,

                                               trends, hand and digital print, dyeing, laser engraving, embroidery design, painting and illustration.​​ She is always keen to further her knowledge, often discovering and learning new methods and applications through reading and online research. 

Inspiration for Katie's work comes predominately from nature, with the majority of her collections containing influences from plants and insects. To view Katie's portfolio, showcasing the full collection of her work, please click here.



  • Commissioned by Derby Museum and Art Gallery to create a piece of work for their Japanese 'Powerful Nature' exhibition (September 2019)

  • Finalist in the SBID Designed for Business Competition in the Interior Decoration Category (November 2018)

  • Winner of the Kimono Fabric Design Competition 2017 (August 2017)

  • 1 of 3 Winners in a student competition ran by Direct Blinds. (June 2017)

  • Second place in a competition to design curtains for the Mayor of Derby (March 2017)

  • Shortlisted to Top 15 in a competition briefed by David Nieper (February 2017)

  • Futures Award in Social Media Recognition (2017)

  • Futures Award Recognition in Enterprise Skills (2017)

  • vInspired Award ‘v50’ (2013)


Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Illustrator

Adobe InDesign


MS Office


Mac OS

Social Media Platforms



Screen Printing


Mimaki Digital Print

Sublimation Printing

   ↳Wasatch Software

Embroidery Design

    ↳Tajima Software

Laser Engraving




Collagraph Printing

Risograph Printing

Colour Theory Knowledge

Trend Knowledge

University of Derby Magazine

University of Derby Magazine

Feature on Kimono Fabric Design Competition 2017 and Direct Blinds Competition wins. Click images to view them larger. 

Direct Blinds press release front paper

Neighbourhood News 
Feature on Direct Blinds Competition win. Click images to view them larger. 

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