Kat Cope’s research asks, How can sculptural costume and performance construct metaphorical armour to heal and process unresolved developmental trauma? Their practice focuses on creating wearable sculptural costumes, performance, and social practice. Kat holds a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College (2005) and an MFA from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (2009). They have exhibited their work in numerous group and solo exhibitions. In June 2022, Cope disseminated their research at K-Fest in Killorglin Co Kerry where they received an honourable mention. They are now in their third year of PhD research at Burren College of Art and live in the West of Ireland.