London based British designer Kate Langrish Smith established her studio practice in 2009, now specialising in the sculptural process and implementation of mark-making.
She is fascinated by the abstract notion of imprint and function. Her studio practice intends to realise materiality, corporeality and tactility into solid and tangible objects, whilst retaining a synthesised and experiential memory of the performative elements involved in the process of making.
Suggesting and illustrating the negative space formed around a human body, the concept of Mode Metonym was intended as a response to the ever-shifting boundaries and nature of both art and fashion. The title itself refers to a changing of name in reference to a ‘mode’ - or a manner of acting, doing or performing of a task. The essence of a corporeal exploration of what an artefact is, born out of a desire to engender in order to question and discuss the spectative nature of our society in relation to how fashion and art is displayed, received and coveted.
Kate studied at Bristol School of Art and Design graduating in 2006 with a BA (Hons) in Art and Visual Culture. In 2007 she moved to London and began studying millinery founding her own company in 2010. In 2012 she was accepted on to the MA Fashion Artefact course at London College of Fashion, which provided an opportunity to synthesise her practice.