Kayt Hester creates intricate images with shreds of hand torn black masking tape.
She attended The Fashion Institute of Technology and then became a still-life photographer for publications such as Scholastic Magazine and J. Crew. She left her photography career shortly after 9/11, and began using leftover darkroom tape as a creative outlet to weave her interpretation of people and events on canvas.
Kayt’s masking tape art was discovered by a Jersey City gallery owner when she brought her portfolio to a meeting. Tucked in the bag were two small pieces of tape art that had been placed there weeks prior for safekeeping. The curator enthusiastically encouraged Kayt to do more of masking tape art and to bring the pieces in for consideration.
She has since gone on to be featured in both Nylon and Bust Magazine and be awarded solo art shows throughout Jersey City and New York City. She lives in Jersey City, New Jersey with her boyfriend Alex and 2 cats, Pixie and Harry.