I am inspired by the repetition of ordinary items. The pieces that I create are made from seemingly mundane materials and come to life when they are worn. The body is my canvas: I am fascinated by adornment, and excess.

When I see one item repeated in large quantity or in an extreme size, I start to see it in its very basic visual form. I begin to make associations based on shape, color and texture and I am freed from traditional restrains about what that item or material should be used for.

There is an exciting “a-ha” moment when someone realizes that there is more to the design they are looking at--from sponges to saran-wrap to zippers.

All of my experiences from costume design, to window display and sculptural/wearable creations culminate in the Zipper Jewelry. They all relate to the body, and combine theatrical influences and my love for the transformation of unusual materials.

© 2013 Kate Cusack, Web design: David Balogh, Photo Credit: Tony Gale