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 and supplies, education, and care.
As a maker, teacher, and museum professional, I’m dedicated to preserving and promoting the value of textiles in collections and our everyday lives. I hope to offer a unique perspective that is informed by contemporary practice and historic research.
My Grandmother was an avid home sewer and worked for a time as a professional seamstress. She taught me to sew by hand 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 double major in these areas and a Bachelor of Arts in 2005. As I set out on a career in museums, I also began revisiting and the stitches of my childhood. This personal exploration eventually grew into my own line of hand embroidery patterns as well as a second career teaching handwork to both adults and children.
By 2015, I graduated from the Harvard University Extension School with an MLA in the field of museum studies and was focusing my museum work around educational programs and textile collections care, research, and exhibitions. I still love partnering with museums to create engaging programming around textile collections and finding ways to include those collections in my teaching practice as a faculty member at the Eliot School of Fine and Applied Arts and JP Knit & Stitch, a full-service yarn and fabric shop in Boston. I now work as the Store Manager there and continue to enjoy sharing my love of stitching, stories, color, and creativity through my patterns and teaching.
Born and raised in Michigan, I now reside in Massachusetts with my husband and cat.
Kate Herron Gendreau
KHG Arts, Principal and Founder