Katherine Shark (Fiber + Humanistic Studies)

Coterie (film) 2020 Film
Model wearing garment from Coterie - black spandex dress with a long zipper across chest and over shoulder to the back.
Coterie 1 2020 FIbers
Models wearing garments from Coterie. Model 1 is wearing a grey quilted top over a black slit dress, and Model 2 is wearing a black quilted set with gold embroidery.
Coterie 2.1 2019 Fibers
Model wearing garment from Coterie - black spandex dress with a long zipper across chest and over shoulder to the back.
Coterie 2 2020 Fibers
Models wearing garments from Coterie. Model 1 is wearing a grey quilted top over a black slit dress, and Model 2 is wearing a black quilted set with gold embroidery.
Coterie 2.3 2019 Fibers
Models wearing garments from Coterie. Model 1 is wearing a grey quilted top over a black slit dress, and Model 2 is wearing a black quilted set with gold embroidery.
Coterie 2.4 2019 Fibers
Model wearing garment from Coterie - black spandex dress with a long zipper across chest and over shoulder to the back.
Coterie 3 2020 Fibers
Model wearing garment from Coterie - black spandex dress with a long zipper across chest and over shoulder to the back.
Coterie 4 2020 Fibers
Model wearing garment from Coterie - black spandex dress with a long zipper across chest and over shoulder to the back.
Coterie 5 2020 Fibers
A series of digitally edited photos of a model wearing a zipper dress from Coterie. The photos are edited so as to remove the background and body, leaving only the dress in the negative space.
Empty Body (circular edit) 2020 Digitally edited photo
A series of digitally edited photos of a model wearing a zipper dress from Coterie. The photos are edited so as to remove the background and body, leaving only the dress in the negative space.
Empty Body (edit 1) 2020 Digitally edited photo
A series of digitally edited photos of a model wearing a zipper dress from Coterie. The photos are edited so as to remove the background and body, leaving only the dress in the negative space.
Empty Body (edit 2) 2020 Digitally edited photo
A series of digitally edited photos of a model wearing a zipper dress from Coterie. The photos are edited so as to remove the background and body, leaving only the dress in the negative space.
Empty Body (edit 3) 2020 Digitally edited photo
A series of digitally edited photos of a model wearing a zipper dress from Coterie. The photos are edited so as to remove the background and body, leaving only the dress in the negative space.
Empty Body (edit 4) 2020 Digitally edited photo
Statement

When my body is vulnerable and subject to attack, the clothing I wear and my circle of friends serve as forms of armour. Using my own touchstones of security - the quilt my father made me, a pair of red sunglasses, the striped blue and white button down shirt I’ve worn for years - I use my work to merge and translate my defenses into a more accessible form of armour.  My color palette and use of line references architectural drawings I grew up admiring from my father’s office, blended with the surface treatment of quilting. My garments are built to extend a feeling of safety & confidence to their wearers - the feeling I have found in my friends, in my own lucky charms, to make the wearer feel protected and powerful.