[Courtesy of Donaka Katherine/Ace Hotel’s Artist in Residence]

Donaka Katherine Announced as Ace Hotel's New Artist in Residence

07:00 May 10, 2024
By: Eliana Sarfati-Magill

DK Bridal Knitwear

Donaka Katherine is the current artist in residence at the Ace Hotel. She is a knitwear artist currently creating works inspired by traditional New Orleanian weddings. Her current exhibition at the hotel is The DK Bridal Debut, reflecting the communal joy and extravagance of a New Orleans wedding.
[Courtesy of Donaka Katherine/Ace Hotel's Artist in Residence]

The DK Bridal Debut perfectly exemplifies Donaka Katherine's work in fiber arts. She uses both hand and machine knitting, as well as hand dying, to achieve detailed and elegant pieces. The bridal wear in the exhibit is inspired by everything from NOLA's signature architecture to the detailed adornments of second line umbrellas. The collection evokes the love NOLA has for celebration of life events.

The Ace Hotel hosted an opening reception for The DK Bridal Debut Thursday, May 2. The event kicked off with Donaka's presentation of her works in the form of a thematic runway show followed by the attendees parading in a second line into the gallery space. In addition to the Ace, the event was also in collaboration with the Material Institute. The Material Institute is a nonprofit arts center in the Ninth Ward providing essential support to the future generation of artists, musicians, and creatives. The event was a celebration of all the New Orleans joy that the collection embodies and was a space for community connection.

[Courtesy of Donaka Katherine/Ace Hotel's Artist in Residence]

The Ace Hotel proudly works with local artists in the city through their Artist in Residence program. The hotel invites local artists on a quarterly basis to display their work for the public and facilitate critical conversations through art.

The DK Bridal Debut will be on display at the Ace Hotel through July, so be sure to stop by and experience Donaka Katherine's uniquely beautiful and evocative work.

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