Cathy Callahan is a designer/maker based in Los Angeles. Her work is inspired by both modern and traditional techniques as well as the work of textile artists of the ’60s and ’70s. Everything is handmade in small batches using natural fibers, many of which are hand-dyed.
What is your background and how have your past experiences fed into your art?
I studied textiles in school but life led me in the direction of fashion retail (display, merchandising and styling). I’m thrilled now that there are shows like Echo Park Craft Fair where I have a place to sell the things I make and use the skills I was taught in school.
Do you feel that your environment feeds into work and if so, what makes your work distinctively Californian?
Yes! I’m a native Californian and growing up here has totally informed my work. I’m sure there are many reasons that make my work distinctively Californian but I think I can best sum it up by saying that creating something influenced by California is something that I can’t help but do.
What are your top 3 studio essentials?
1. A really good pair of scissors – I love Gingher + Kai brands 2. A big worktable 3. A large pinboard – I’ve covered an entire 8′ x 8′ wall in my studio with a material you can pin into. On it I keep pieces I’m working on and notes to myself. This really helps keep me organized.