Artist Interview:
Katie Han
Katie Han was born and raised in the suburbs of New Jersey before attending the Rhode Island School of Design for her BFA in Textiles. Katie rocks enviable vintage finds mixed with lux pieces from her current design job at Rag & Bone, and a very "Katie-esque" short bob (her hair hasn't reached past her shoulders in years!). She is also an avid tattoo-collector, small designs speckled across her body. Katie is naturally contemplative, but easygoing, and her art reflects those same qualities. Her thoughts are always weaved into her work, but her drawings feel effortless and light. Katie takes inspiration from her heritage, the female form, and feminism.
Yuyi wears the Katie Tee
shot, styled, and edited by Vivian Loh

KATIE HAN photo by Vivian Loh

LOWLOW NYC: What puts you in a doodling mood?

KATIE HAN: Either needing to think something through with myself, or needing to stop myself from overthinking something. Also when I have the whole day to myself and my room is freshly cleaned, and I can sit at my desk with a fun playlist and coffee, which happens very rarely and is truly a treat.

What one place continues to inspire you?

The Rubin Museum in New York! It has an incredible collection of Tibetan and Buddhist art; all of the pieces are so intricate and gorgeous, I was definitely sweating a little from excitement. I’ve only been to the museum once actually, but I think about it all the time.

A huge growing experience that you wouldn't mind sharing?

I think I’ve become a whole new person in the past four years! I figured out what I want to do with my life (in general), made some beautiful and inspiring friends, was unemployed and forced to spend some quality time with myself, moved to New York and got my first job, and also somehow actually grew an inch.

Favorite animal, and why?

Lionesses, because they’re badasses.

What part about working with textiles are you most obsessed with/passionate about?

I could go on forever about this! The first thing that attracted me to this medium was how physical it is. In particular, weaving and machine knitting requires the use of your entire body — your eyes, your hands, your feet — it’s similar to driving a car where you become one with the machine, and your mind is running at full speed all the while. Experiencing textiles uses your whole body too; not only is there color and pattern to see, but also textures and materiality that you can’t help but want to touch. Still, the idea that textile making was traditionally rooted in the domestic sphere and has transformed into an avenue for female empowerment makes me the most excited about what I do.

Find Katie at www.katiebhan.com and @katiebhan

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