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Cat Brierley

  • Textiles

Exchange Place Studios

Cat Brierley is a freelance knitwear designer and artist that utilises ancient craft techniques to recontextualise our contemporary world. Through their willingness to inspect pain through the lens of humour, Cat is able to capture the relationships we have with each other and with our clothes within their own fantasy world. Free from traditional expectations, they explore themes of gender, childhood, death, and play; introspection through exploration.

Their brand, naïve knitwear, uses second hand materials as snippets into other people’s pasts; collating and reimagining them into anarchic versions of themselves. This commitment to second hand materials and ethical craftsmanship allows Cat to hand-pick every fibre, button, and stitch while ensuring the brand is sustainable and ethical. naïve knitwear illustrates their reckless abandon through instinctual hand-painted dye, bold childlike embroidery, twisted collaged silhouettes, and vivid luxury fibres to present the viewer with playful knitwear that defies tradition whilst simultaneously revels in it.

Cat also works as an artisanal freelance knitwear designer for international luxury brands and emerging designers.