Areez Katki is an artist and textile practitioner from Auckland, New Zealand. Drawing from historic and social research to produce works that address his involvement in a number of textile practises, Katki’s work focuses on the significance of materiality and processes of fabrication. Both sides of his practice remain deeply engaged with the warmth and grounding effects of hand-worked expression.
With an Art History background, Areez has specialised in crafting limited series of hand-knitted garments since 2008. With several collaborations that have more recently resulted in editions of hand-embroidered and woven garments. These encompass an ideology that strives to maintain intimate dialogues between source, maker and patrons of fine craft.
Both practices are now geographically divided between Areez Katki Studio in Auckland, New Zealand and his ancestral home in Mumbai, India. The latter being his current setting, where two investigative projects on Parsi craft practices and cultural research aim to explore the diaspora of the ancient Zoroastrian community that he was born into.
Each body of work aims to revive and address characteristics of heritage that have informed his work as a maker.