Kate Sarah Mitchell is a practicing artist and teacher and currently has a studio in Saugerties, N.Y. She served as Artist Fellow in Textiles and Surface Design for 2016 and 2017 at Peters Valley. She had intense and immersive natural dye experience in 2015 as Head Designer at Awamaki in Ollantaytambo, Peru, not far from Machu Picchu. There she worked in capacity building and skill development with six women’s textile cooperatives in the rural Peruvian Highlands, serving the international fair trade market. Mitchell focuses on traditional textile processes, handcraft, and sustainability. Her work has been exhibited in shows in New York City, throughout the Hudson Valley of New York, and in Layton N.J. She received the HGA Dendel Scholarship in 2014 and was a finalist for the Dorothy Waxman Textile Design Prize, 2015. She received the HGA Teach it Forward Grant in 2019 and in 2022 and 2023 she served as a panelist for the New York State Council on the Arts grants review board. Mitchell balances her work in Textile Design with a career in arts and non-profit management. She has served as Executive Director at Fall Kill Creative Works managing 4 craft studios (print, textiles, ceramics, and storytelling), and has worked on projects in public history, environmental protection, and social justice.