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THE NEWS PRESSED Kate Lewis

10th June – 30th June 2019

RAILINGS GALLERY LONDON 5 New Cavendish Street London W1G 8UT 020 7935 1114 info@railings-gallery.com


There may be more beautiful times—but this one is ours. —Jean-Paul Sartre “This all started when I could not take any more news. I was going about my daily domestic life: walking the dog, doing a food shop, watching the seasons change while bombs are going off and disasters are happening that I have no relation to, control over, or complete understanding of.” Kate Lewis has always spoken the language of design. Since completing her master’s degree at the Royal College of Art in 1999, she has been transforming textiles into textured, multi-dimensional, manipulated fabrics that have been featured in the collections of design houses such as Louis Vuitton, Calvin Klein, Chanel, among others; but it was the onslaught of television news, while on a business trip to the US, that inspired this latest project to blossom. Borne out of the resulting anxiety, Kate found herself—quite literally—dissecting the news; going back to basics with scissors, newspaper, and glue as a way of processing the state of world affairs. What began as a calming act of low-tech creativity has resulted is a beautifully multi-layered and subconscious fusion of nature, current events, design and media. The flower, a fleeting beauty, signifies places and seasons. They are present for all of our major life events: births, deaths, weddings, birthdays. They serve as symbols through history. They are balm, they are bane. Without flowers, there would be no fruit. At first glance, you see a beautiful image of a flower, but upon closer examination the story emerge; fragmented pieces of history, staccato words, a familiar font, a sly bit of irony, the symbolism of the bloom: A cherry blossom beginning to bud, the explosive start to spring in London, tells the story of the bombings in Syria. The wispy greenbell of summer, inspired by the Guardian’s coverage of the Windrush scandal, conveys the ship that brought many of that generation to the UK in the 40’s as well as the earlier slaves ships. The incurve chrysanthemum of autumn, symbolizing death, tells the Times’ story of the Jamal Khashoggi murder in the Saudi embassy. The bright red winter berries of the ilex, taken from The Sun’s story of the parrot that fell in love with an Amazon Alexa. A year of flowers, a year of news. Sloane Warren


This digital catalogue features images and details of original works in paper collage by Kate Lewis. Created over the course of a year, these meticulous collages reconfigure newspaper cuttings into beautiful botanical illustrations. Responding to the most prevalent news stories of the day, these floral images make permanent a fleeting, disposable news cycle that often moves too fast for us to process. The works retreat from the maelstrom of online media and in, the face of fake news and alternative facts, return to nature in full bloom.


Original Works in Paper Collage


Kate Lewis Cherry Blossom Bud Paper collage 297 x 420 mm ÂŁ1,950 Framed SOLD

Cherry Blossom Bud is available as a limited edition print From The Sunday Telegraph, April 15th 2018, when the UK, US and France launched over 100 missiles against what they say were Syrian chemical weapons facilities in response to a chemical weapons attack in a Damascus suburb a week before

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Kate Lewis Cherry Blossom Paper collage 297 x 420 mm ÂŁ1,950 Framed SOLD

Cherry Blossom is available as a limited edition print From the Financial Times, April 23rd 2018, and the Guardian, telling the news of Prince Louis’ birth, the murder of 9 pedestrians in Toronto, the Iran Nuclear deal and the Windrush scandal

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Kate Lewis Blue Bell Paper collage 297 x 420 mm ÂŁ1,950 Framed SOLD Blue Bell is available as a limited edition print From The Daily Star, April 29th 2018, telling the story of how the Department of Counter Terrorism held a wedding rehearsal for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with actors standing in for the couple

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Kate Lewis Dandelion Paper collage 297 x 420 mm £1,950 Framed SOLD Dandelion is available as a signed limited edition print From The Sun’s stories for the day, April 26th 2018, including a headline that reads ‘Michael Caine shouldn’t get any stick for walking with a cain”

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Kate Lewis Sweet Pea Paper collage 297 x 420 mm £1,950 Framed SOLD Dandelion is available as a signed limited edition print Telling the Telegraph’s story, May 15th 2018, of the US embassy move to Jerusalem

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Kate Lewis Peony Paper collage 297 x 420 mm £1,950 Framed SOLD Peony is available as a signed limited edition print From the Telegraph’s notices page, May 15th 2018, featuring the day’s obituaries, birthdays and palace events

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Kate Lewis Greenbell Paper collage 297 x 420 mm £1,950 Framed SOLD Greenbell is available as a limited edition print From the Guardian, June 22nd 2018, telling one man’s Windrush story

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Kate Lewis Hydrangea Paper collage 297 x 420 mm ÂŁ1,950 Framed SOLD Hydrangea is available as a signed limited edition print From the Guardian, June 24th 2018, telling the story of 100,000 people taking to the streets of London to protest Brexit

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Kate Lewis Sweet William Paper collage 297 x 420 mm £1,950 Framed SOLD Sweet William is available as a signed limited edition print From The Telegraph, May 21st, 2018 telling Judith Woods’ story of the Royal Wedding

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Kate Lewis Iris Paper collage 297 x 420 mm ÂŁ1,950 Framed SOLD Iris is available as a signed limited edition print

From Le Monde, July 16th 2018, telling the story of France winning the World Cup

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Kate Lewis Chrysanthemum Paper collage 297 x 420 mm ÂŁ1,950 Framed SOLD Chrysanthemum is available as a limited edition print From The Times, October 24th 2018, telling the story of the assassination of Saudi dissident and journalist for The Washington Post Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Instanbul, Turkey

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Kate Lewis Rosehip Paper collage 297 x 420 mm ÂŁ1,950 Framed SOLD Rosehip is available as a limited edition print From the Sunday Times, September 30th 2018, telling the story of when Maria Gallagher and Ana Maris Archilia confronted Republican Jeff Flake in a lift on the way to the committee weekend, sharing their own stories of sexual assault and protesting against having Brett Kavanaugh confirmed to the Supreme Court.

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Kate Lewis Bramble Paper collage 297 x 420 mm ÂŁ1,950 Framed

From The Guardian, November 2nd 2018, telling the story of the migrant caravan of people travelling through South America to the US

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Kate Lewis Dock Leaf Paper collage 297 x 420 mm ÂŁ1,950 Framed SOLD Dock Leaf is available as a limited edition print From Le Journal du Dimanche, November 25th 2018, telling the story of Gilets Jaunes protests in Paris and Montpellier where the Gilets Jaunes protesters made a guard of honour for women marching on the same day to protest violence

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Kate Lewis Fern Paper collage 297 x 420 mm ÂŁ1,950 Framed SOLD Fern is available as a limited edition print From the Financial Times, December 8th & 9th 2018, telling the story of Paris in lockdown for another weekend of protests from the Gilets Jaunes against President Macron and his policies

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Kate Lewis Stinging Nettle Paper collage 297 x 420 mm £1,950 Framed SOLD Stinging Nettle is available as a limited edition print

From The Telegraph, December 13th 2018, reporting on Brexit with the headline ‘A vote to remain but when will she leave?’

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Kate Lewis Ilex Paper collage 297 x 420 mm £1,950 Framed SOLD Ilex is available as a limited edition print From the Sun, December 14th 2018, telling the story of an African Grey Parrot who has fallen in love with Amazon’s Alexa. He chats away to her all day, ordering among other things strawberries and watermelon and asking her to play his favourite band – Kings of Leon

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Kate Lewis Bougainvillea Paper collage 297 x 420 mm ÂŁ1,950 Framed SOLD

From the LA Times, December 20th 2018, telling the story of Trump’s pair of tweets about the withdrawal of US Troops and intentions to build a border wall

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Kate Lewis Snowdrop Paper collage 297 x 420 mm ÂŁ1,950 Framed SOLD Snowdrop is available as a limited edition print From The Guardian, February 16th 2019, telling the story of school children making history protesting climate change

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Kate Lewis Broom Paper collage 297 x 420 mm ÂŁ1,950 Framed

SOLD Broom is available as a signed limited edition print From the Daily Mail, March 5th 2019, telling the story of the 27 under-19 year olds who have been murdered in the last 12 months by knife crime in the UK

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Kate Lewis Hellebore Paper collage 297 x 420 mm ÂŁ1,950 Framed SOLD Hellebore is available as a limited edition print From The Times, March 15th 2019, telling the story of the Christchurch mosque shootings. Two consecutive terrorist attacks at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, during Friday prayer

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Kate Lewis A Camelia for Karl Paper collage 297 x 420 mm £1,950 Framed SOLD A Camelia for Karl is available as a limited edition print From Le Monde’s tribute to Karl Lagerfeld, 21st February 2019

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Kate Lewis Spring 19 Paper collage 730 x 730 mm £4,000 Framed SOLD Spring 19 is available as a limited edition print Inspired by 17th Century Memento Mori paintings, this piece incorporates a diverse range of news stories: the D-Day commemorations and President Trump’s State Visit, the return of Love Island, the revolution in the Sudan and the killing of protestors, Liverpool’s Champions’ League win, the death of M&S Percy Pigs, the record number of cygnets born on Hampstead Heath this year, the terrorist attack in Sri Lanka, Theresa May’s resignation, the fire at Notre Dame, the Strictly romance, the Royal Baby, Greta Thunberg's school holiday tour around Europe for Climate change, Venezuela, and Rhianna’s launch of a new label with LVMH.

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Accompanying the original collage works in this exhibition are a newly published set of limited edition archival pigment prints. Printed on museum quality cotton rag paper, each image is limited to an edition of twenty prints, numbered and signed on the front in pencil .

Available to order individually for ÂŁ300.00 unframed or in specially priced Sets of three, six, nine or twelve prints with matching edition numbers. These prints are designed to hang in multiples in keeping with the traditional display style of Victorian botanical etchings. The following arrangements and combinations are suggestions only. Subject to availability, any combination of prints may be ordered at the special set prices. For information about framing options, please see the information at the back of this catalogue or contact the gallery directly. These limited edition prints have been published as part of a fund-raising initiative in support of Artists in Residence, a charity promoting the importance of art in education and inspiring young people to pursue careers in the Arts, by giving schools unparalleled access to time with leading artists. ÂŁ5.00 from the sale of each print will be donated to the charity. For more information, visit: www.artistsinresidence.org.uk


Limited Edition Prints


Kate Lewis Left to right: Fern, Bramble, Ilex Archival Pigment print on cotton rag paper 420 x 297 mm Edition of 20 Signed and numbered ÂŁ300 each Price for the Set of Three: ÂŁ850

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Kate Lewis Left to right: Dandelion, Greenbell, Broom Archival Pigment print on cotton rag paper 420 x 297 mm Edition of 20 Signed and numbered ÂŁ300 each Price for the Set of Three: ÂŁ850

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Kate Lewis Top row, Left to Right: Hydrangea, Dandelion, Cherry Blossom Bottom row, Left to Right: Fern, Greenbell, Iris Archival Pigment print on cotton rag paper 420 x 297 mm Edition of 20 Signed and numbered ÂŁ300 each Price for the Set of Six: ÂŁ1,650

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Kate Lewis Top row, Left to Right: Sweet William, Peony, Dandelion Middle row, Left to Right: Greenbell, Cherry Blossom, Fern Bottom row, Left to Right: Bramble, Chrysanthemum, Hellebore

Archival Pigment print on cotton rag paper 420 x 297 mm Edition of 20 Signed and numbered ÂŁ300 each

Price for the Set of Nine: ÂŁ2,350

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Kate Lewis Top row, Left to Right: Cherry Blossom Bud, Fern, Chrysanthemum, Greenbell Middle row, Left to Right: Sweet William, Hydrangea, Bluebell, Cherry Blossom Bottom row, Left to Right: Stinging Nettle, Bramble, Hellebore, Broom

Archival Pigment print on cotton rag paper 420 x 297 mm Edition of 20 Signed and numbered ÂŁ300 each

Price for the Set of Twelve: ÂŁ3,000

Prices are for prints unframed.

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Kate Lewis Spring 19 Archival Pigment print on cotton rag paper 730 x 730 mm Edition of 10 Signed and numbered £600 unframed ASH frame: OAK frame: WALNUT frame:

£200.00 Standard Glass OR £250.00 Anti-Reflective Glass £245.00 Standard Glass OR £295.00 Anti-Reflective Glass £325.00 Standard Glass OR £375.00 Anti-Reflective Glass

Inspired by 17th Century Memento Mori paintings, this piece incorporates a diverse range of news stories: the D-Day commemorations and President Trump’s State Visit, the return of Love Island, the revolution in the Sudan and the killing of protestors, Liverpool’s Champions’ League win, the death of M&S Percy Pigs, the record number of cygnets born on Hampstead Heath this year, the terrorist attack in Sri Lanka, Theresa May’s resignation, the fire at Notre Dame, the Strictly romance, the Royal Baby, Greta Thunberg's school holiday tour around Europe for Climate change, Venezuela, and Rhianna’s launch of a new label with LVMH.

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- FRAMING –

For this exhibition, we framed the Kate Lewis limited edition prints in an Ash wood with a natural wax finish. Other wood options are available such as Oak or Walnut (pictured on the left) and samples are available for viewing at the gallery. The glazing we have used is Anti-Reflective glass but Standard or UV protective glass or acrylic glazing options are available. Pricing for the framing of the A3 limited edition prints is as follows, per print: ASH frame: OAK frame: WALNUT frame:

£115.00 Standard Glass OR £140.00 Anti-Reflective Glass £160.00 Standard Glass OR £190.00 Anti-Reflective Glass £195.00 Standard Glass OR £225.00 Anti-Reflective Glass

Railings Gallery offers a bespoke conservation framing service. Consultations can be made at any time in-house at the gallery.

For further information about framing or to book a consultation at the gallery, please telephone 020 7935 1114 or email us at info@railings-gallery.com


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The News Pressed - an exhibition of new collage works by Kate Lewis  

This digital catalogue features images and details of new collage works by Kate Lewis. Created over the course of a year, these meticulous c...

The News Pressed - an exhibition of new collage works by Kate Lewis  

This digital catalogue features images and details of new collage works by Kate Lewis. Created over the course of a year, these meticulous c...