To celebrate 100 years, the iconic Australian intimates brand Berlei have collaborated with the talented silkscreen print artist Kate Banazi, who has created four exclusive prints for the Spring Summer 17 range. The collection seamlessly blends fashion and art whilst maintaining the quality and fit that Berlei is renowned for. The graphic prints are filled with bright colours are designed for high energy workout wear and Kate hopes it leaves those wearing the bras feeling ‘strong’. Today, I spoke with Kate to hear more about her work, how she stays healthy and how her wellbeing impacts her art.
About Kate Banazi
Kate is a London born Sydney sider, who is internationally recognised for her silk screen prints. Her signature style involves bold colour and graphic elements that explore themes around energy and movement. Having previously collaborated with other Australian icons Dion Lee and Qantas, when approached by Berlei, Kate said “it was a no brainer”, as she was already an avid wearer of Berlei’s sports bras.
Kate Banazi prints for Berlei Sports Bras
Kate says her design’s for Berlei’s new Spring Summer 17 sports range ‘play with interlocking grids and shapes, each one supporting and complimenting one another’. These design is part of an ongoing body of work, featuring geometric shapes that interlock, weave between and support one another representing relationships, history and identity.
“The patterns are an extension of my ongoing developing artwork based from life drawings and the relationships of people, of how they lock together and overlay. Colours are complimentary but contrasting to show depth and lie over one another showing support or foundations of what has come before.”
This body of work fits well with the way Berlei supports women to be powerful and strong.
Kate Banazi – her health and wellbeing
I asked Kate a few more questions about her health and wellbeing, here’s what she had to say:
How do you keep a healthy lifestyle and manage your own wellbeing?
I have crohns disease, so that can knock me for six mentally and physically. I try and keep my immune system as strong as I can with pilates, yoga and regular gym sessions, but the thing thats probably the most beneficial to me is a good walk with the dog every day away from work or stress in nature.
How does your wellbeing impact your art?
Massively, mental and physical health can really influence the way I perceive things and how I react to something that I feel is going right or wrong.
Does being artistic feel like work or play to you?
A bit of both, finding a balance between the two is often hard but having a career that I love and find rewarding is a very luxurious position to be in.
What advice do you have for women with a business in the creative space?
Don’t give up, ask for help and help others.
Win 1 of 5 x Kate Banazi Berlei Sports Bras
The Berlei x Kate Banazi collaboration sees two prominent names in fashion and art combine to take Berlei Sport to new heights, bringing every woman a stylish and comfortable, supportive bra. If you would like to win 1 of 5 of these bras, enter below!
The range will be available in July 2017 at MYER, David Jones, Rebel, Berlei Online, Harris Scarfe and a range of independent retailers. Prices start at $59.95 RRP.