Catherine Bailey is a textile artist working with natural and recycled materials. Her work aims to convey the versatility of stitch as a drawing medium. Her favoured way of working is using appliqué and free machine embroidery, always using black thread. Frayed and worn fabrics are a current interest, and a new development will be looking at flax in art. Evidence of the authenticity of the Fabric fascinates her. Developing a makers mark within the production of fibres is a long term goal.
Her current collection focusses on a sense of longing. A longing for the sea, the countryside, her Welsh identity and nostalgia of childhood memories. Two of her more recent pieces are in memory of her Nain (grandmother) who lived in a chapel house overlooking the sea to Penmon and Puffin Island. The community of Garisim and Law Tai were destroyed by the the development of the A55. She spent every summer of her childhood watching porpoise from her Nain’s garden wall, and seeing the reassuring flash of Penmon lighthouse in bed at night.
Catherine’s work is currently available in Bodnant Garden National Trust Craft Centre and Snow in Summer, Denbigh.
She was commissioned to provide artwork for use as merchandise for the Vale of Clwyd Denbigh Plum Festival.
Phone: 01745 870642