Lecturer, University of Technology Sydney
Kate Scardifield's research interests lie at the intersection of museology, public collections and material culture. She has an interdisciplinary and speculative studio practice spanning textiles, sculpture, installation and video, exploring relationships between the body, site and space. Kate’s current projects are working with cloth as a cartographic tool and exploring textiles as propositional instruments for navigation, transmission and communication. Kate is an established and internationally recognised artist, and her work has been shown extensively throughout Australia, in New Zealand, the United Stated and the U.K. Her recent projects have featured in Artforum International, Frieze, Australian Art Collector, Museum Magazine, Artlink, Das Platforms and Textile Fibre Forum. Kate is a Freedman Scholar, previous recipient of the Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship and has received multiple project grants from the Australian Council for the Arts. Kate was a 2017 Research Fellow at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences and currently serves on the Artist Advisory Group at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia. Kate holds a PhD from the University of Sydney, and is the Director of Undergraduate Design Studies at the University of Technology Sydney.
Design has been one of the big words of the twentieth century. To say that an object has been designed implies a level of specialness. Designer items are invested with a particular kind of expertise that is likely to make...