Kate Bush

About 28 years ago, a good friend of mine suggested that I have try at silk-screen printing some t-shirts. So I found a photograph of my favourite artist, Kate Bush, that I really liked, sketched out a stylised and simplified version, then painstakingly cut out wax paper shapes with a surgical scalpel to create a negative version, positioned that carefully onto a t-shirt, and printed my design. I then hand-painted Kate’s signature onto the t-shirt with a small brush. It was such a fiddly and time-consuming process that I only ever made one copy.

Now that Kate Bush’s upcoming Before the Dawn live performances at the Eventim Apollo are almost upon us, I wanted to revisit that design, and update it using digital media. The finished image is now available on my Redbubble store:

Kate Bush

Kate Bush.


I managed to dig out not only the original very old, very out of shape t-shirt, but also the issue of the Kate Bush Club official fan club magazine that contained the photograph that I used as reference for the image. There is no photographer credit on the photograph, or anywhere in the magazine as far as I can tell, but I think it was taken by Kate’s brother John Carder Bush (if anyone can confirm this, or provide the name of the actual photographer, please get in touch or leave a comment). Here is a side-by-side comparison of the original photograph, the printed t-shirt image, and the new digital version:

Kate Bush

Kate Bush.


I don’t have access to a scanner at the moment, so my apologies for the poor quality photographs-of-photographs.

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