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Klee Studio

KNITWEAR DESIGNER

Address:  Suite 4, 111 Hunter St, Newcastle
Hours:  by appointment
Property Donor:  Iris Capital
Launched: 22 September 2017


Contact:
Kathryn Dadd
e: [email protected]
m: 0418 247 928

Who are you?
My name is Kathryn Dadd, I am originally from the Far North Coast of NSW. In 1994 I came to Newcastle straight from University in Sydney with my partner then, husband now. Newcastle is where I started my business originally.  Since then I have shared the past 20 plus years between Newcastle and Darwin. I have 3 children, 2 are now at University and the youngest is in year 12. I am building a new home and starting the process of reinventing the business that I put on hold indefinitely to have a family.

In my limited free time, I row with Newcastle Rowing Club, garden, have 5 chickens and 1 mini schnauzer.

What do you do?

I am a Knitwear Designer, Klee is a business I began over 20 years ago after completing my Bachelor of Design Degree (Fashion and Textiles) at the University of Technology in Sydney. I relocated to Newcastle where I started the business. I sold Leading Edge Knitwear collections to boutiques nationally. The garments were produced locally by a small team of talented machine knitters. My vision at the time was to “Change the identity of knitwear” and to stretch the boundaries of design and garment combinations in the area of Street Wear.

What are you doing in your new space?
With the space on the second floor of the Sanitarium, overlooking the Hunter Street Mall, I am in the process of setting up a Knitwear Design Studio. Initially I am experimenting on a new knitting machine which has some different capabilities to the machines I have been familiar with in the past. I am experimenting with different yarn combinations and stitch varieties.

Eventually I will turn those inspired swatches into garments to be sold though boutiques initially…. I think….

Tell us about the space – what was its previous use? Anything unique about it? Your response to the space?
The space offered to me by Renew Newcastle has 3 large windows which adds an abundance of natural light and fresh air into the studio.  I have a number of potted plants that add a further natural element to the space. I have long dreamt of being on the other side of the windows in the buildings lining the mall, always wondering who is up there and what they are doing?