Katalyst encourages thoughtful purchases and slow consumption by building strong relationships between garment and wearer. Focusing on experimental textiles; organic lines and distressed materials are framed by clean construction. Designer Kate also practises these values through digitally hand drawn illustrations, creating prints and printed fashion products. Her work ranges from small runs of commercial garments to conceptual one off fashion pieces and illustrations.
On a conceptual level, Kate’s work highlights the artist’s struggle for perfection, and how imperfections often give depth and life to objects. Kate builds a strong aesthetic, contrasting distressed textiles with bold silhouettes. Her illustration holds geographical references, drawing inspiration from aerial landscape views and the erratic lines of rock formations. Kate allows the natural tremor of her hand to guide the illustrations, breathing life and texture into a digital medium.
Photo by Jerri Lee Leslie