Kate Gendreau

Kate Herron Gendreau is the Founder and Principal at KHG Arts, which specializes in textile arts, education, and care. Her Grandmother was an avid home sewer and worked as a professional seamstress. She taught Kate to sew at a young age and it’s something that’s stayed with her all her life. Kate went on to study art history and studio arts at Hope College, earning a Bachelor of Arts in these fields. She 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, Kate decided to revisit the stitches of her childhood and eventually began designing embroidery patterns alongside her museum work. In 2015, she 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 her thesis research project. She is a member of Craft Industry Alliance and you can find further information regarding her professional experience on LinkedIn.

Kate is 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, she’s 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, she now resides in Massachusetts with her husband and cat.