Sylvester is a Perth born artist now living and working in Melbourne. She has undertaken a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting, Victorian College of Arts, 2014. She completed a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Art History, La Trobe University, 2005.
Sylvester's work has been exhibited as part of the Melbourne Fashion Festival Cultural Program. A solo exhibition in 2017 at Tinning Street Presents and as part of a multi-gallery group show,Fabrik; conceptual, minimalist and performative approaches to textile, 2016, with works on display at the Ian Potter Museum of Art and at the Margaret Lawrence Gallery.
Her work was selected by Craft Victoria for their 21st annual graduation show, Fresh!2015. She was also selected as part of the Alliance Francoise graduation award exhibition, Melbourne, 2015. Her 2014 solo exhibition, KVMS Retrospect, was held at 69 Smith Street Gallery, where she acted as Gallery Co-ordinator and board member for 2014. Sylvester founded a home based Gallery initiative, At Kate's Place in 2012. She has curated and exhibited in a number of group exhibitions from her house in Coburg, she also curated an installation group show, Bluestone, at the Living Museum of the West, Maribyrnong, 2015.
Kate V M Sylvester works primarily with re-cycled t-shirts. Each tee is meticulously unwoven or de-threaded by hand to reveal the masses of fabric used in each garment. The intricate web of warp & weft reveals the true quality of the fabric, creating a new maliuabl textile that transcends fashion as utalitarian function into the realm of conceptual art.
Reviews & Interviews
Penny Webb, The Age, review of Wear Me, March 2017.
Melbourne Fashion Festival: Artistic works reveal the DNA of fashion.
Fabrik; minimalist, conceptual and performative approaches to textile, Ian Potter Museum of Art, Forum Panel Talk;
Sally Baillieu, RRP Mornington Radio, Interview for Fabrik; conceptual, minimalist & performative approaches to textiles.
Craft TV, Fresh!2015 graduate exhibition interview, Feb 2015.