Recycled Sculptures by Kate Kato

Gladestry, United Kingdom

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Last updated on Feb 18, 2019

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About Kasasagi

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Artist/ Designer/ Crafter/ Collector.

Using recycled materials I try to capture the delicate detail and beauty found in nature. My work is influenced by plants, insects and found objects which I recreate as intricate, life-sized sculptures and arrange carefully into collections and dioramas.

I have always been fascinated by the natural world; a love instilled in me at a young age, and documenting what I discover has become my main motivation for creating my work. As a child I spnt a lot of time collecting bits and pieces in tins or boxes which I would take with me on walks through parks or countryside. This has had a huge influence on my work along with my love of botanical illustrations, the natural sciences and the nostalgia of museum visits where, as a child, I would be mesmerised by the variety of exhibits and the way they were displayed. I tend to view my work as a 3D record of my knowledge and experiences of the natural world.

I work mainly with paper as this is a medium I have loved and used since I began my creative practice, however I also use wire, thread and fabric. When I moved from creating 2D work to 3D it seemed like a natural progression to continue using paper and its properties lend themselves well to the plants and insects I like to create. I use a range of techniques to create my work including carving, wire work and embroidery. I love the changes in colour and texture created by the variety of materials and techniques I use, helping to make the sculptures more lifelike. I also use watercolours to add colour and patterning to the sculptures as well as selecting appropriate pages from the books and magazines I collect.

For me my work can be very nostalgic, taking me back to my childhood and the curiosity that fueled my creativity. I like to use materials in a way that provokes this curiosity in the viewer too by leaving sections of the original object visible in the new sculpture. I want the sculptures to look real and not real at the same time inviting the viewer to consider details they may normally over look. My work aims to encourage curiosity in nature and promote an awareness of the environment. I want to bring those small, hidden and overlooked details into the public eye and encourage people to consider their importance in our eco-system. By curating collections of objects and building dioramas of spaces from the natural world I hope to inspire and inform the imagination of the viewer, encouraging them to build narratives and ask questions about the naturals objects they see.

Email: hello [!at] kasasagidesign.com
Website: www.kasasagidesign.com

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  • Kate Kato

    Owner, Designer, Creator

    I live in the Welsh Borders with my husband and two children. We spend a lot of time exploring the surrounding woodland and fields which inspire the sculptures I create from found and recycled materials.

Shop policies

Last updated on May 10, 2022
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All in stock items will be shipped within 1 to 3 working days of placing your order. I will contact you if there is likely to be a delay. When you request a custom piece I will arrange a shipping date with you and will contact you once the piece has been dispatched.

Prints are sent via the Royal Mail to all countries and require a signature on delivery. They aim to take 1-2 working days in the UK and 5-7 working days for the rest of the world, however this is not guaranteed and can take up to 28 days to arrive.
Original artwork is sent using either the Royal Mail or Parcelforce in the UK (1-2 working days) and UPS for the rest of the world (3-5 working days). All items will require a signature on delivery.

*Important Note*:
International buyers are responsible for any and all customs charges, taxes and additional postage fees requested by customs.

Alternative Addresses:
I am happy to ship straight to the person the gift is intended, gift wrapped in coloured tissue with a handwritten note. Please include this request in the note to seller at checkout and confirm details of the alternative address for it to be shipped to.

I use recycled packaging as much as possible (re-using old packaging, made by myself from old materials or bought and made from recycled materials). However, if it compromises your items safe delivery then I will chose the most suitable packaging available which may mean at times it is not recycled.


(effective 25th May 2018)

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The Information I Collect and How it is Used.

When you contact me through Etsy using their ‘contact shop owner’ or ‘request a custom order’ buttons I will need your name/etsy username in order to correspond with you. These details will not be shared with any other individual, business or organisation.
When you make a purchase in my Etsy store this is processed through Etsy (you can find Etsy’s own privacy policy here). So that I can fulfil your order I will need your name, postal address, the details of the product you have ordered and sometimes your email address. These details are used for shipping purposes only. Your personal information is not passed on to any third party companies, other than to carry out the shipping of your order.

The Information I hold

I retain your personal information for as long as necessary to provide you with my services. Once your order has been completed I will only hold your name and transaction/invoice number to identify what has been sold and to be able to fulfil my accounting requirements. Your name and transaction/invoice number are held for 5 years for tax purposes, any other details are deleted and will not be kept on file.

Your Rights

You have the right to access your personal information that I hold. You may also have the right to change, restrict or delete your personal information or object to the way in which I process your information. You can email requests directly to me at hello [!at] kasasagidesign.com and I will be happy to help. You can also contact your local data authority to raise any concerns.

Changes To My Privacy Policy

My privacy policy is always under review and may be updated on occasion. You will always be able to access the policy under the policies section of my Etsy store.

How to Contact Me

Kate Kato
Business name: Kasasagi
Business Address: Gladestry, UK.
Email Address: Hello [!at] kasasagidesign.com
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Last updated on May 11, 2022

Frequently asked questions

Custom and personalised orders

I am always happy to discuss commissions of any size or type! I usually ask a few questions to begin with to get an idea of the display you are looking for, any particular species you want making and establish what your budget is. I then draw out some ideas for you to chose from before finalising the design. Once you are happy with it I will begin making. A commission can take anything from 2 weeks to several months depending on the size and details put in. I will always confirm how long a piece will take to make before I start so you know when to expect it. As some times of the year are busier than others (Christmas being the busiest!) its always best to get in contact in advance to make sure I have plenty of time to get the details right.

Care instructions

As my work is mostly made from paper it will need a little looking after. Please do not hang it in direct sun light as this may discolour the paper or alter the colour of the paints used. It is also best to keep the work out of damp areas as the paper can soak up the moisture and start to go mouldy.
Free standing sculptures can be gently dusted, I find a hair dryer on a cool setting can help to move dust on parts you may feel are too delicate for a cloth.