Kate is a versatile designer and creative thinker. Kate designs and creates art-jewelry and non-traditional costumes and headdresses. The sense of theatricality is evident in all of her work from her unique collection of Zipper Jewelry to her unusual costumes and sculptures.
Kate earned her BFA at the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2001 where she first began creating wearable-art using unusual materials. In 2002, Kate created the very first Zipper Pin. Since then, hundreds of her pins have been sold in museum shops and fine craft galleries across the country. Her designs have been featured in fashion and design magazines all over the world.
Between 2003 and 2006 Kate studied costume design at the Yale School of Drama and earned her MFA. In 2006, Kate began a series of one-of-a-kind Zipper Necklaces followed by various styles of Zipper Bracelets in 2008. She continues to develop new jewelry designs and accept special costume commissions.
“I am inspired by the repetition of ordinary items. The pieces that I create are made from seemingly mundane materials and come to life when they are worn. The body is my canvas: I am fascinated by adornment, and excess.
When I see one item repeated in large quantity or in an extreme size, I start to see it in its very basic visual form. I begin to make associations based on shape, color and texture and I am freed from traditional restrains about what that item or material should be used for.
There is an exciting “a-ha” moment when someone realizes that there is more to the design they are looking at–from sponges to saran-wrap to zippers.
All of my experiences from costume design, to window display and sculptural/wearable creations culminate in the Zipper Jewelry. They all relate to the body, and combine theatrical influences and my love for the transformation of unusual materials.”