Katherine Soucie (BAA Fashion Design; Dip. Textile Arts; BFA, Textiles; MAA Visual Art, Textiles) is an award winning artist and designer who specializes in transforming textile industry waste into new textiles and sculptural forms. She studied Fashion Design in London and Toronto, Ontario, Canada before furthering her studies in Textiles and Visual Art in Vancouver. Upon establishing her studio practice in 2003, her experimentation with textile industry waste has resulted in an extensive body of work for which she has received a numerous scholarships, grants and awards.
Her use of traditional artisanal textile and garment techniques is often deconstructed and (re)imagined through the use of obsolescent textile technology and industrial sewing machinery. The intention of her work is to explore forms of visible mending where she reverse engineer modes of production in order to honour and value the history of the discarded, castoff materials and tools she salvages. The laborious and repetitive handcraft applications performed throughout their transformation leads to unexpected and emergent forms and constructions.
Ms. Soucie is the recipient of the BC Creative Achievements Award 2006 (Canada), shortlisted for Niche Award 2007 (USA), the recipient of the International Design Green Award 2008 (USA) and recently shortlisted for the SustainArt Design Competition 2014 (UK). She was the Visiting Professor in Textiles at the Welch School of Art, Georgia State University 2013 – 2014 and is currently lecturing at the Art Institute of Vancouver. She is a member of the ILSSA and currently resides in Vancouver, Canada.