Work In Progress: Kate O’Brien

Kate O’Brien has been our Work In Progress resident for the month of October, and it has been amazing to witness the transformative and experimental nature of her work.




Kate lives and works between Baltimore and Berlin, where she is a maker of objects, images, performances and recordings. She holds BFA in Fiber from the Maryland Institute College of Art and a BA in Mathematics and Philosophy from Yale University. In addition to her artistic practice, Kate O’Brien is an experienced educator and women’s rugby coach.

During her time at WiP, Kate has been working with an array of found and reclaimed materials to create playful three dimensional forms through crochet, coiling and stitching. Peaking into her studio, you’ll come across bubble gum wraps turned into textile-like hangings, rope stitched into vessels and nets and fabric scraps becoming organic sculptures.








In addition to her sculptural work, Kate has also been working on some performance pieces. Make sure you don’t miss her final performance – how to hold things, on October 30th, at TAC Manhattan, from 6-8PM.

how to hold things

how to hold back

TAC’s Work In Progress program offers a behind the scenes look into the practice of contemporary artists and designers, to engage the public in a dialogue surrounding innovation in the world of textiles. You can learn more here.

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