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Catherine Lewis

Category: Textiles
Location: Cardiff
Description: Catherine Lewis is a textile, print and surface pattern design specialist, who has over 20 years teaching experience. Catherine creates her one-off textiles by alchemical natural dye and print processes, using ancient shibori techniques and local natural dyes, transforming each textile into a wondrous physical memory of nature’s bounty. Her work is driven by a passion to create without burden, add to the existing but often unseen, to represent the forgotten or undervalued.
After graduating from Chelsea college of Art, where Catherine specialised in design for printed textiles, she went to work for the Welsh couture fashion team at Charles and Patricia Lester in Abergavenny. Here she refined her skills in textile dyeing, screen printing and more specialised techniques like devore, discharge printing and shibori. In 2003 Catherine was responsible for the digital print facility within Cardiff Metropolitan University, contributing to research around the impact of digital technologies on creative textile practice and production. In 2010 she gained her masters degree in contemporary fine art practice, alongside developing other skills she began to develop her own natural dyeing and printmaking processes. These are now the main focus of her collection for ColourField.

Website: printndye.com
Twitter: @cat_lewis
Instagram: @cat_colourfield
Facebook: Printndye
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