The pasttime has been known to relax and calm, quietly replacing the stress of digital screens that takes up so much of peoples’ lives. The artist added, “I think people are just craving a digital detox.”
Kate, who studied art history at St. Andrews University, is also a champion of art therapy, especially for children to improve mental health in schools.
In a rare and happy coincidence, the artist’s husband James Watt was also being awarded on the same ceremony. The co-owner of BrewDog picked up an an MBE for services to the brewing industry.
Referring to Kate and William, Blasford, joked, “So maybe she’s a fan of my work and he’s a fan of my husband’s.”