Kate V M Sylvester’s contemporary textile work was included in the 2016 VAMFF Arts Program, as a part of Fabrik; conceptual, minimalist and performative approaches to textiles. This year, her solo exhibition, ‘Wear Me’, held at Tinning Street Presents, offers a new collection of de-threaded garments, suspended as a reverse runway.
Using recycled t-shirts as a ready-made art object, Sylvester creates a new textile with a meticulous method of un-ravelling and stretching the web of bonds between warp and weft within the weave of the tee. This process reveals the mass of fabric used in each garment. This new textile is maliable and transferable to various forms of contemporary art practise.
For this exhibition, Sylvester has selected tees from two friends; Pete Rowett & artist, Lily Vonk. Their individual style and online personas epitomise the fetishisation of fashion as identity.
‘Wear Me’, celebrates the power of the clothes we choose to wear, their ability to embody our fetishised persona, helping to transform our demeanour, our acceptance of ourselves and how we present our identity to the world.