Katharine is manager and joint owner of Shades of Art and is the usual face at the counter. She has a degree in Fine Art (Sculpture), and an Associate Diploma in Technical Engineering (Jewellery /Silver Smithing) and has studied in the Advanced Diploma in Studio Textiles at the Melbourne Institute of Textiles. She has contributed work to various textile art exhibitions in the region, including the 2014, 2012 and 2010 ‘Petite’ Miniature Textiles Exhibitions at Wangaratta Art Gallery (WAG) , the 2010 ‘Warming Up’ exhibition, WAG, the 2010 and 2009 ‘Exit’ GOTAFE student exhibitions (silver smithing ), the 2009 ‘9to5+: Emerging Contemporary Jewellers’ exhibition at MUSE gallery, Milawa, and the 2007 ‘Wearable Art Prize’ at Wodonga Art Space.
Please enjoy viewing some of Katharine's work:
Jewellery Body Adornment
A breast plate for a suit of armour. Metal plates attached to red welding curtain. Red is for passion, power and blood. The King, Queen and Jack of Hearts are on the left hand side of the wearer, over the heart. Diamonds are adjacent, Spades (death) are above, while below, as if rooted to the earth, is the suit of Clubs. In this piece three areas of interest come together; Sculpture, Textile Design and Jewellery.
Each has its representatives - Sculpture - the welding curtain, Textiles - the repeats and textured designs on the King, Queen and Jack's garments, Jewellery - the detailed fabrication techniques
Katharine has always held a passion for Textiles and a desire to combine Textiles with a sculptural understanding of form. It is only recently that Textiles are becoming acceptable as a legitimate art form in its own right, and Katharine’s ambition is to create a piece that is selected for the Wangaratta Textiles Award.
Katharine's interest includes transforming natural materials into interesting patterns and textures that hint at a deep felt concern for the changing environment and are rich in autobiographical references. She enjoys changing the nature of materials by changing the context in which they are traditionally seen and understood, whether these are playing cards, organic skeleton leaves or petals of flowers. She infuses her Silver Smithing, Welded Steel Sculpture and Assemblage work with a profound understanding of the ‘feminine’ crafts of weaving and manipulation of textiles. Katharine has an interests in contrasts between hard, resistant surfaces such as metal, plastics, glass, shells and bark, to non-resistant materials such as fibres, moss, flower petals and paper: the inorganic opposed to the organic. Katharine often relies on mechanical and repetitive production processes to complete a vision or set of ideas she developed for particular projects. Her later works have often been modest in scale but huge in terms of labour and commitment. Katharine sees this as an ongoing engagement with traditional ‘feminine’ modes of artistic expression, where time and craft-woman-ship were admired but not given equal status to male artistic achievements. To prove the point, Katharine readily combines the craft of silver smithing with the delicacy of found pieces from nature that have a limited life span and a fragile beauty (see broaches).