Kaye Smith

Costume Manager, IF: Industrial Fashion

“As a resident of the West for 35 years, I feel comfortable surrounded by industry and find art and beauty in the structure and architecture of the things I look at every day: the docks, the cranes, the bridge.”

Kaye Smith is a maker who has worked across a wide range of media, from cold glass to textiles, interior design to building and construction, from print management to people management, from backstage hair and makeup to onstage performance.

Her multi-faceted creativity was sparked by an early interest in fabric and garment construction stimulated by her seamstress mother, who worked for one of Melbourne’s leading fashion designers in the city in the 1950s. Kaye started her working life as a hairdresser and later, in the hey-day of advertising in South Melbourne, moved into graphic design. She established a printing company with her husband, which they ran successfully together for 30 years before closing the business as a result of shrinkage and change in the industry.

See Kaye Smith’s work during the Festival in IF: Industrial Fashion

e: kgus@bigpond.net.au

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