Cathy's ethereal, delicate, nature driven art pieces are a truely modern take on an old form of machine embroidery. Inspired by countless days spent in the rural parts of New Zealand, Cathy finds and collect tiny skeletal leaves, fallen petals, autumn toned leaves, lichen, fungi, shells, feathers etc. Once back in her studio she photographs, dries and presses each piece to form a template from which sketches are drawn.
She draws inspiration by found objects rather than images found online, she likes to focus on plants, birds and insects that are found only in New Zealand to highlight their fragility and importance.
Her passion for sewing and artistic flare began at a very early age, creating and wearing her one of a kind garments. Her first sewing machine was an old Bernina her mother gifted to her at the age of 14. Cathy graduated from fashion college with diplomas in garment construction, tailoring, pattern-making and fashion illustration. She loves the idea of sewing something that no-one else in the whole world has. "There's something magical about that!". She has mastered all types of hand-stitching, couture Tambour beading, bead embellishment, and crocheting. She decided to specialise in sculptural embroidery with the objective to sew each embroidery piece as complicated as possible, creating dimension, and texture, with a similarity to the real object she has sketched - many needles, multiple thread colours and time goes into one piece, making it unique like no other.
The work is framed behind museum grade glass, mounted and pinned carefully onto board.
Her work is on sale throughout New Zealand and available for shipping worldwide. She will be running upcoming workshops, to teach this fantastic form of machine embroidery.