Sheridan College – W 166
Wednesday 05/17 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
All skill levels welcome!
Workshop Description: Come learn how Cathy is changing the fine art world with her leather molding and sculpting. In this lecture/demo-style class, Cathy uses live demos, videos, slides, and lots of examples to step you through her process of creating three dimensional art pieces. She talks about which leather is best various applications, how she creates her molds, and she’ll also explain her finishing techniques.
Materials to bring: Notetaking materials.
Workshop Instructor: Born and raised in Greenville, NC, Cathy now resides on Lake Gaston outside of Macon, NC. She double majored in Mathematics and Engineering at ECU, and worked in the telecommunications field for over 20 years before retiring to become a full-time artist in 2003.
She spent over 15 years in the quilting industry as a competitor, teacher, and vendor, pioneering the art of quilting on leather. Cathy has several published books on her techniques, has been featured in quilting magazines, and has been featured numerous quilting television shows. She has had multiple solo exhibitions of her quilts throughout the country.
Since 2018, Cathy has shifted her focus from quilting to mastering multiple leatherworking techniques. She now uses many different techniques to create her unique and signature style that she is known for today. Using molding techniques, dyes, and paints, she likes to manipulate leather to look like metal, ceramics, or rice paper. “It’s so cool to hear people say, ‘Wow! That’s really leather?’ when they see one of my pieces,” says Cathy. “I love being able to show others all of the different things you can do with leather that they may not have thought of before.” Her latest focus has been on pioneering the art of forming rawhide to create vessels, wall art, lamps and more. Cathy has written a book on her leather quilting, Quilted Leather. She was the cover artist for the July 2019 edition of Leather Crafters & Saddlers Journal. In Fall 2021, she fulfilled a lifelong dream of opening an art gallery, Frank’s Fine Arts, in Littleton, NC with her daughter, Olivia. Her leather artwork can be found in museums and private collections nationwide.
Workshop Sponsors: Hermann Oak Leather Co.
• There is a $25 administration fee for canceling a workshop.
• The cost of each workshop will be refunded minus the $25 fee.
• No refunds for workshops after Thursday, May 11, 2023.