Hello and welcome to the home of KHG Arts!
My name is Kate Herron Gendreau and I’m the Founder and Principal at KHG Arts which specializes in textile arts, education, and care.
My Grandmother was an avid home sewer and worked as a professional seamstress. She taught me to sew at a young age and it’s something that’s stayed with me all my life. I went on to study art history and studio arts at Hope College, earning a Bachelor of Arts in these fields. I set out on a career in museums including Dumbarton Oaks Museum and Research Library in Washington, DC, and the Natick Historical Society in Natick, Massachusetts. In 2008, I decided to revisit the stitches of my childhood and eventually began designing embroidery patterns alongside my museum work. In 2015, I graduated from the Harvard University Extension School with an MLA in the field of museum studies and co-created Andover Figures, a cost-efficient costume-mounting system, borne from my thesis research project. I’m a member of Craft Industry Alliance and you can find further information regarding my professional experience on LinkedIn.
I’m passionate about understanding and fostering the intersections of craft, culture, identity, social justice, and gender/body politics from historic and contemporary perspectives. As a maker, teacher, and museum professional, I’m dedicated to preserving and promoting the value of textiles in museums and in our everyday lives and hope to offer a unique perspective that is informed by both historic research and contemporary practice.
Born and raised in Michigan, I now reside in Massachusetts with my husband and cat.
Kate Herron Gendreau
KHG Arts, Principal and Founder