Katie is a textile artist and designer currently living in Brooklyn, New York. She is a recent graduate from the Rhode Island School of Design.

Say hello at katiebhan@gmail.com

 
 

The selected works on view investigate the individual and collective female identity through costume and cloth. Using the intimate relationship between fabric and the human body, they invite the wearer to don a new perspective from which to explore female power and femininity. Tension between vulnerability and empowerment is expressed through interaction of layered fabrics, which create a narrative through texture, color, and materiality, and are contextualized by the history of textiles as a matriarchal domestic craft.

These pieces take inspiration from artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Judy Chicago, and Jenny Holzer, as well as folk art and traditional Chinese dress. Material investigations stem from collage studies, knit and woven swatch exploration, and surface manipulation trials. These processes combine technical knowledge and a pure enjoyment in hands-on experimentation, and are an expression and celebration of the female experience.