Catherine Redgate

Why did you choose to be an artist/designer?

I like the idea of being able to bring a smile / some joy into every day life


What medium do you work in?

Primarily watercolour and ink however I have taken a liking to digital painting recently too.

What's your background, have you always been an artist/designer?

Although I graduated in Fine Art Painting, I went on to complete Primary Teacher Training before continuing as an administrator. I have always had an arty / creative background though and an interest in illustration so to be seeing my work as it is now is like a dream come true!

How has your practice changed over time?

The main change was moving from mixed media messy painting to the more refined, detailed illustrations I do now. The purchase of an iPad Pro has seen a further move to digital painting which has given me confidence to be bolder with colours and I think my painting background is starting to emerge but within illustration

How and when did you started creating?

I guess from a toddler really – lots of painting and collage (paddling grannies was a masterpiece when I was 2!) but for my current business, my bears emerged in 2018 and things grew from there.

How would you describe your creations?

Quirky, whimsical and charming! They all have their own character and are usually up to some sort of mischief. They are lively and drawn with love!

What inspires you?

Everything! The world around me, little details, funny phrases, interesting people – everything

Where do you show / sell your art?

Primarily sell online through Etsy and to shops across Scotland, England and one in Germany too! Normally at markets although 2020 has shaped up a little differently this year.

Do you think art can have an impact in the local community?

Yes, absolutely! Things like painted doors or street art can spark conversations as well as brighten the place up. It draws people’s attention to their surroundings and brings them back into an awareness and enjoyment of the world around them. Not to mention the opportunities for involvement too!

Who are your biggest influences?

Other illustrators, particularly children’s book illustrators – this is my ultimate goal.

Which current art do you think is having an impact in the world right now?

I would probably link back to Q9 here – definitely community art; partly for the local enjoyment as we are more based at home during lockdown situations, but also for the involvement and engagement where people can get involved safely.

What difference has working with SDX made to your business?

Within the first month, I had been contacted by someone who had been searching for an illustrator to accompany her rhymes… so I would say the main difference is being able to have a presence in a prominent location. Who knows what other opportunities will evolve from people having just seen my work as part of the super collection of creatives

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