About the Author
Kate Burnett Budzyn grew up touring historic houses and walking the woods and farmlands of the lower Hudson Valley. She graduated summa cum laude from Barnard College, Columbia University, where she studied English and Art History and served as Anna Quindlen Writing Fellow. Kate worked in publishing, pastry, and reproductive healthcare before becoming a vintage and antique clothing dealer, an occupation which has inspired her daily to ponder the sociological and ecological imperatives—as well as the pure aesthetic joy—of recycling the material past into our everyday lives. She comes to Winterthur interested in studying textiles and exploring the ways in which clothing works simultaneously as a tool of oppression and expression, especially of female identity. She and her partner are currently fixing up a late-Victorian row house in Philadelphia, where they live amongst their many collections with three long-haired cats.