Kate

Banazi

My name is Kate Banazi. I make silkscreen prints, sculptures, and I play with light and shadows. My work is all about colour, movement, light, shadows and their how they interact with one another. I’m known for swearing my head off and for making linear graphic silkscreen prints on paper and Perspex.

When I was young, my parents had their own graphic design studio. I got to play with Letraset every day. I studied fashion design at Central St Martins. It encouraged me to fall in love with art, research and creating forms. Although I originally studied fashion design, my big love is silkscreen printing.

My studio is currently in Sydney. I love the creative environment around me there. The studio is always a fucking mess. Right now, it looks like this (because you asked for a picture, I tidied it). I spend a lot of time in my studio, because I love my work. I enjoy collaborating and creating with others and learning new skills.

What interests me most about creating work is the opportunity to work with different clients across different mediums and these experiences allow me to learn new skills. The three things currently inspiring me the most are politics, music, and today’s youth.

I’m a strong advocate for equality and representation. It’s important to me that opportunities are available to under-represented groups.

The best thing about working on commercial projects is the opportunity to work with other creatives and the satisfaction of producing a finished piece of work after the physical processes of silkscreen printing.

Here’s a recent set of patterns I created for Berlei. I loved working with the design team and it was great that they gave me free rein. I really loved working with Berlei. I’ll always remember the first time I saw Serena Williams wearing the pattern I had worked on! I’m so proud that she has one of my artworks.

Not long ago I created a series of three cut-out silkscreen prints. It was special to have my work chosen to be displayed in the QANTAS Business Class lounge in Melbourne Airport. I was also hugely honoured to be amongst twelve artists chosen by QANTAS Curates to have their artwork promoted within the business class cabins.

One of my favourite projects recently was working with The Social Outfit in Sydney. The ethos and the ideas behind the company are ones I fully support. It was a rewarding experience in itself, but made even more so by the chance to get to know the incredibly passionate and driven team who bring so many great people together.

Here’s another piece I’m really proud of. It was created for Jacky Winter and it’s one of their signature edition puzzles. So much fun to create, so much frustration to put together!

One of the most interesting jobs I’ve ever done was a collaboration with Dion Lee. I was able to work with engineered prints and embossing on clothing.

Volunteering and donating my skills is important to me. Every year I donate a piece of artwork to a charity fund or do at least one project with a charity or a not-for-profit.

It’s really important to also dedicate time to personal work because it feeds commercial ideas and vice versa. Recently I’ve been playing around with painting to see if I indeed have any discipline.

Lately in my personal work I’ve been collaborating, making sculptures and preparing to show at Sydney Contemporary this year. I’m really excited to experiment more with sculpture and light because I want to push my work onto a larger scale and work with lighting specialists and fabricators.

I love drawing. Most of my work starts with a rough pencil sketch. Then I work out the films to expose to silkscreen, coat the screens with emulsion and then process them to be ready for printing.

I often get asked whether my work is digital or silkscreen. The answer is always silkscreen for my personal work, and digital manipulations of silkscreens for editorial work. I love the juxtaposition of silkscreen with new technology to create imagery.

When I’m not doing client work, you can probably find me in my studio, painting, or with my family and friends, exploring.

If you want to find out even more about me, I've been featured in: SixtySix magazine, Christie’s Luxury Defined, Vogue Living, Yellowtrace, The Design Files, Real Living magazine, Design Milk, and Grazia.

That’s me! If you want more, check out my full folio and Instagram. Got a brief? Contact me and the good folks at Jacky Winter.

With Jacky Winter you work directly with the artist alongside a hands-on producer—it’s a power-up for your artwork commission.

With Jacky Winter you work directly with the artist alongside a hands-on producer—it’s a power-up for your artwork commission.

With Jacky Winter you work directly with the artist alongside a hands-on producer—it’s a power-up for your artwork commission.