Catharine was involved in Graphic
Design before discovering the art of soft sculpture. A few years ago,
she designed and created a whimsical little dog for her son and was
instantly captivated by the art form and the artistic freedom it
provided. This led to more dogs, which soon led to bears, cats, mice
and rabbits. When the manufacturer Ganz saw some of these characters,
she was asked to design for their "Cottage Collectibles"
line, which is sold worldwide.
Catharine finds nature and
the countryside a never-ending source of inspiration. Her creations
are mostly One of a Kind or very limited editions. All the designing,
cutting, machine and hand sewing are done herself. Imported mohair,
alpaca and synthetics are used, as she likes the variation of the
fabrics and always likes trying something new.
12", German Schulte wavy mohair, with synthetic suede paw pads
and German glass eyes. Polyfilled and fully jointed. ONE-OF-A-KIND
11-½", German Schulte wavy mohair, synthetic suede paw pads,
German glass eyes. Fully jointed and polyfilled. ONE-OF-A-KIND
Catharine finds faces and
expressions the most important aspect of bearmaking, as well as
quality workmanship and attention to detail. A lot of time is spent on
each face to ensure the bear's personality shines through. Each
soulful little face must look back at her and speak to her heart.