“Raisons D’etre” & “Post Mordant”
Katherine is an artist who works with textile waste and the discarded. She is a designer who transforms waste, utilizes obsolete clothing and textile machinery while incorporating artisanal techniques in response to the society we live in.
Mending has always been apart of my vocabulary and way of thinking. It is both physically and metaphorically embedded into every aspect of my research and practice as an artist. I employ various forms of mending applications to found/discarded objects, clothing and textile waste through the use of tools I collect and (re)imagine.
As a trained designer in fashion and textiles my acquired knowledge and skill set allows for an ability to combine artisanal craft applications with discarded industrial technologies. My practice in the field of textiles, fashion and art is liminally positioned between that of artist, designer, craftsperson, engineer, archeologist, alchemist, ecologist, DJ, entrepreneur and keeper of the earth. I surround myself with remnants, discards, castoffs and waste only to immerse myself in an environment designed to transform, remix and reverse engineer their raisons d’etres.
Katherine chooses to salvage, collect, observe and organize tools, materials and systems in order to allow for discovery in older forms of making that may visibly mend and critically repair the role and perception of craft today.