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Katharina Spitz
Fashion Design BA

Berlin University of the Arts

Graduates: 2021

Specialisms: Design / Haute Couture / Textile Innovation/Textile Art

My location: Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Berlin University of the Arts

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Katharina Spitz

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First Name: Katharina

Last Name: Spitz

University / College: Berlin University of the Arts

Course / Program: Fashion Design BA

Graduates: 2021

Specialisms: Design / Haute Couture / Textile Innovation/Textile Art

My Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands

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About:

Katharina Spitz is an Amsterdam based Designer and Dressmaker. She has a great passion for hourlong handiwork, contemplating the human body, and the knitting and untangling of the social fabric in matter, form and spirit.In 2013 she made her rite de passage into the world of dressmaking as an apprentice at Pio O'kan Couture in Düsseldorf; after which she emancipated herself as an autonomous fashion designer at the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK) where she graduated at the Institute for experimental Textile and Fashion Design in October 2021.Her passion for crafting and dressmaking remains a key component within her artistic practice. Fashion is for her first of all a way of being in the world: it interprets and shapes our social networks and ultimately our position in space and time. Through critical intellectual, personal and material engagement with the world around her she seeks ways in which her designs, performances and dressmaking can open up new perspectives and ways of being in a world that is suffering from pollution, misogyny, inequality and deep-seated alienation.

Play Harder performance

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The play harder performance is an improvisational performance negotiating boundaries of play, fashion and performance-arts. It involves 5 performers, 6 dynamic looks and a toolbox. It is developed in collaboration with Stichting Triplets, an Amsterdam-based performance studio. Play Harder explores the strained relation between work and play as a critical perspective on fashion-practices. The unconventional design-process - characterised by playful interventions - is now applied to performance-making. We play with garments, transforming them into objects with agency. With them we recreate our communal expression recurrently. The performance questions power-dynamics between bodies and objects while portraying play-aspects like competition, drama and the dark side of play.