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Kate Davies Designs (KDD) was established by Kate Davies in 2010, when a stroke at the age of 36 ended her career as a literary academic. While learning to live with the effects of her stroke, Kate supported herself by designing digital patterns for hand-knitting, established an independent publishing company, and began to produce books that combined her skills as author and designer. As well as creating enduringly popular knitwear collections like Yokes and West Highland Way, and supporting and amplifying the work of other designers in projects like The Book of Haps and Warm Hands, Kate has written about her experience of stroke and disability in Handywoman, and produced an accessible and inclusive guide to creative practice in Wheesht.
From its one-woman beginnings, KDD has grown into a small, successful creative company encompassing many different aspects of design and manufacturing here in the west of Scotland. Whether it's a pullover or a poem, everything we do is ideas-led: we like making things, and we like thinking about making. Our work combines the critical with the creative, the thought-provoking with the practical. In 2015 we began to develop our own brands of yarn for hand knitting and in 2017 launched our own knitwear line, KDD Originals, championing the best local yarns and mills.
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