Sans Soucie

Katherine Soucie (BAA Fashion Design; Dip. Textile Arts; BFA, Textiles; MAA Visual Art, Textiles) is an award winning zero waste 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 shortlisted for the SustainArt Design Competition 2014 (UK). She recently was artist in residence at HCMA Architecture + Design in Vancouver 2016-2017.

"My work, research and practice is designed to (re)imagine a past — in the present — for the future."

I am an artist who works with textile waste and the discarded. I am a designer who transforms waste, utilizes obsolete clothing and textile machinery and incorporates traditional artisanal techniques in response to the society we live in.

Mending has always been apart of my vocabulary and way of thinking. It is both physically and metaphorically embedded into every aspect of my research and practice as an artist. I employ various forms of mending applications to clothing and textile waste as a way to (re)imagine their use and to tell their story.

From the clothing I remade as a child to the salvaging of discarded textiles, garments, obsolete machinery and industrial tools/waste — I perform acts of visible mending to honour and transform the history of the objects, tools and materials I use.

As a trained designer in fashion and textiles my knowledge and experience has allowed me to develop an ability to combine artisanal craft applications with discarded industrial technologies. I surround myself with remnants, discards, castoffs and waste only to immerse myself in an environment designed to transform, remix and reverse engineer their previous life and use.

I revisit old forms of making and obsolete tools with the intention to visibly mend their use into present day practices.