Following her studies at Southampton Solent University Kat Vogart currently works as a lecturer in Makeup and Hair Design and Makeup for special effects at Southampton Solent University, whilst also completing her MA in Visual Communication.
What/ who do you look to for inspiration in your work?
In my personal opinion, practice nature is the purest form of inspiration. With immensity of shapes, patterns, textures and colours, the world of nature stimulates and involves all senses. I also draw inspirations from literature and history when I work with character and concept design, to emphasize the psychological aspect underpinning my practice.
What was your journey like from graduation to where you are now in your career?
Meandering into new and exciting territories I probably would not explore myself. But all of the experiences since the graduation enriched my working practice and helped to actually formulate it. Collaboration with designers and artists I found most exhilarating and it naturally stirred me in the direction of exhibiting my work in art galleries in London and Paris.
The experience and journey led to my current position in academia. It is so nice to observe young and promising make-up designers in the beginning of their careers.
What was the journey like from graduation to where you are now in your career?
I would say it was a whirlwind. Whilst studying I was always doing things either stuff for London Fashion Week or working on my own social media presence online. The last part of my MA I just launched a t-shirt line whilst completing my MA project, which was hectic, but I crave the busy lifestyle.
WORDS: SOPHIE BAILYS
EDITED: GEORGIA SCALES
1 & 2 CONCEPT DESIGN & MAKEUP - KAT VOGART, PHOTOGRAPHY - LILIAN ZAR
2. CONCEPT DESIGN AND CREATIVE DIRECTION - KAT VOGART, PHOTOGRAPHY MATT WEGNER.
How would you describe your style of work?
My style of work is very personal and exploring the subjects close to my interests but also my identity. It might be considered as dark, examining the concept of the gothic and the uncanny, although I see it as cohesive, elegant and a bit challenging.
Is there a message you carry through your work that you want people to receive?
Yes, there is a strong message behind each work, however I do prefer the viewers to figure it out for themselves. I like being challenged and like challenging others, therefore my body of work allows the contemplation and reflection open for interpretations. I do not have a prescriptive view of what the audience should be reading from the images.
Did you have any setbacks or challenges in your career and how did you overcome these?
Oh yes, who hasn’t? But the truth is, that learning from mistakes or setbacks is possibly the best lesson of all. It builds your character and resilience. Any setbacks I treat as challenges, so it becomes easier to tackle them. I always had a clear vision of where I wanted to get, but I also accepted the fact I could not predict the journey. Some things happen for a reason and the outcome is better than expected.
do you have any advice for aspiring students?
Keep doing what you are passionate about, keep practicing and experimenting. Be open to new experiences and fields of study. Be creative and adventurous. But above all, experience culture and the world around you.