Perth fashion designer and textile artist Kate Hannah lives in a fun world bursting with pompoms, recycled fabric and second-hand toys.
Her bespoke creations are one-of-a-kinds and made predominantly from recycled textiles.
“I was inspired to create ethical pieces after I read the statistics on textile waste in Australia and the manufacturing stories that were coming out from overseas,” says Hannah. “I incorporate waste and bring back second-hand waste and make it fun. Everything is manufactured in Perth, ethically in the P’JUNK studio, or locally made in WA.”
Hannah has been working on new ready-to-wear pieces, art and sculptures for her interactive exhibition, P’JUNKworld.
“I have always wanted to create and though fashion is my main medium I was into visual art before fashion design,” she says. “There is something for everyone at my exhibition and it’s great for kids as well, there’s a sculptured throne and wall covered in second-hand toys, so it’s lots of fun.”
Kate wanted the exhibition to be an immersive experience, and worked with creatives Cam Campbell (videographer), Everlyn Sutedja (makeup) and Emily Green (model) to create a fashion video as part of the exhibition.
Items being sold include ready-to-wear and street-style pieces, new-wool and recycled-wool knitwear, and handmade pieces similar to what was shown at Hannah’s debut show at last year’s Telstra Perth Fashion Festival. Accessories-wise, there are colourful, slouchy beanies with bow detailing, and hand-knitted bags covered in pompoms.
“I just want to brighten people’s mood and lift their spirits,” says Hannah. “I always get asked if I’ll ever work with black fabric and I always tell people that I’ll still have colourful rainbow hair when I’m an old lady.”
P’JUNKworld runs until July 13 at There Is (49 Stuart Street, Northbridge). The gallery is open between 10am and 3pm Monday to Friday, and between 10am and 2pm on Saturdays. Entry is free.
IMAGE credit: P’JUNK by Kate Hannah on the Telstra Perth Fashion Festival ‘New Generation’ runway, 2017. Photographer: Stefan Goassati.