KATE SHANAHAN

DESIGNED BY KATE

 

Kate Shanahan’s passion for discovering interesting fabrics and materials began with her work as a set and costume designer for theatre.

“I learnt to be resourceful by creating beautiful and whimsical pieces out of unusual materials and found objects.  I love how an item can tell a story, especially if it’s had another life!”

Rescued materials such as vibrant vintage prints, upholstery samples, quality up cycled leathers and paintings are beautifully handcrafted into functional bags that can be enjoyed at any occasion.

Collaborating with local artists such as surrealist Catriona Secker, Dylan Cooper and Archibald finalist Digby Webster, Kate carefully stitches their work into leather, and the canvases take on another life.

Each piece unique and carefully made to last, Designed By Kate bags are wearable pieces of art.

Credits

KATE SHANAHAN has designed set and costume for numerous and diverse theatre works, films and dance performances.

Her List of credits include See In Me for Parramatta Riverside Theatres, Queen C for B Sharp, costumes for Richard III and The Wild Party for Siren Theatre Co, Dance Hall Days and Mash Up for The Q Theatre, award winning One More Than One for Atypical Theatre Co, Mother Fish with Powerhouse Youth Theatre and Khoa Do, costumes for Hi 5 The Suprise! Tour, Out of Body Exp for Keith Lim, Darlingwood Tales for Loose Cannon Arts and The Opera House  costumes for Helpmann award winning Thursday’s Child for Monkey Baa, also Il Campanello, As You Like It, Julius Caesar, Picasso At The Lapin Agile, Zetland, shows at PACT including Crime Site, Song of Ghosts, Suspect and Before The Lights Go Out, and numerous Babies Proms for the Opera House. Kate has also designed for the Royal Easter show, mentored students at UNSW and helped facilitate visual arts workshops for people with a disability. Her costumes in Queen C were nominated for Best Costume design in the Sydney Theatre Award.

Work

Featured Work

KATE SHANAHAN

Upholstery leather Shoulder Bag

KATE SHANAHAN

Sunrise Original Oil Painting Bag

KATE SHANAHAN

Silver Rain Leather Shoulder Bag

KATE SHANAHAN

Sunrise Upholstery Sample/Leather Slouch Bag

KATE SHANAHAN

Grid Cross Body Bag

KATE SHANAHAN

Digby Webster Painting Bag

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