Anyone who knows or meets Catherine Fields senses her positive energy, her GUSTO! She has been a long-time friend and a fellow member of the 5enses group. You have heard me mention her on many occasions, now she is in the spotlight for my series on Studio Visits.
and also in April 2012.
Catherine was born in Geneva, Switzerland. In 1983, Catherine arrived in Canada to stay and often credits the country’s accepting atmosphere with giving her the confidence and freedom to explore her imagination. She spent many years exploring her creative energy with quilting, knitting, teaching art to children and writing and illustrating children’s books with fellow 5enses and Swiss artist Therese Joseph.
In 2007, after completing a 10-month circum-Pacific trip with her family, Catherine designed and built a beautiful studio and guest suite on her property, 5 meters from her house in North Vancouver . For the past 5 years she has spent most days in this bright and airy 10‘ x 20’ space, creating and interacting with other artists.
Catherine also has ample storage in her nearby garage for her prolific work
and space for materials in a closet, and display walls in the studio’s adjoining guest suite where she has generously housed one of her mentors Nurieh Mozaffari when she’s in town from Paris or Washington DC and fellow “Aimonites” Leslie Avon Miller and Barbara Ann Scott.
Catherine’s studio is also a great venue during the annual weekend-long North Shore Art Crawl where 200 artists in 50 locations showcase their work. With is French doors and adjacent garden its a wonderful spot to visit.
Catherine’s Current Projects
For the past two years Catherine has participated in the Kunst Supermarkt. This incredible event takes place in Soleure, Switzerland and just finished its 13th year. And yes it is like a supermarket… people come in droves to buy affordable art, using grocery carts, and most buy several works. They are priced at 99, 199, 399 and 599 Swiss Francs which is roughly equivalent to the Canadian/US dollar.
The works are all packaged in clear cellophane wrappers and labelled, ready to be picked through in bins and brought to the till. Catherine has been very successful here, selling half of her works in the first 10 days this year!
I wonder what exciting adventures Catherine will embark on in 2013!