Cathy began her interest in Cyanotype printing (Blueprint) on Fabric after seeing work by the quilter Dorothy Stapleton. After attending a course with Ruth Brown of Stone Creek Silks, she extended her technique to include photographic printing with digital negatives. From 2009 - 2016 she worked on a series of large quilted wallhangings based on the Hurley Endurance Photographs, taken in 1914-16 during Sir Ernest Shackleton's near disastrous voyage to the Weddell sea, and his escape from the Antarctic ice after his ship sank.
The Endurance Quilts won Best Large Wallhanging, Best Art Quilt and Runner up Best in Show at the National Quilt Championships at Sandown in 2012. She has undertaken Endurance and Shackleton quilt commissions for the South Georgia Museum in the South Atlantic and the Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge, and for the second and third 'Yorkshire Ones in Antarctica' exhibitions at the Hull Maritime Museum in 2015 and at the Bridlington Spa in 2016.
In 2014 she completed a series of quilts based on the Terra Nova expedition of Robert Falcon Scott to the South Pole using photographs by Herbert Ponting, which were exhibited at Sandown 2014 and then travelled to America with the World Quilt Competition as part of the UK entry. The third quilt in the series 'Uncle Bill' featuring Dr Edward Wilson, was exhibited at the National Quilt Championships in Sandown in June 2015. The quilts will be shown as a group for the first time as part of the Dr Edward Wilson Exhibition at St George's Hospital in November 2017. She has also recently been commissioned to make an Edward Wilson themed work for the Wilson Museum and Art Gallery in Cheltenham.
She recently exhibited a new series of quilts and wallhangings for the fourth Yorkshire Ones exhibition at Hull Maritime museum in March and April 2017 on the themes of Three Ships from Hull, Captain Cook, South Georgia, Whaling and Exploration. These quilts, together with other new work will be exhibited again at Bridlington Spa Gallery from 17th March to 19th April 2018.
Her current project is based on the human and animal locomotion images of Eadweard Muybridge. The first textile in this series is on show at Kingston on Thames museum until 2nd December and further work on this theme will be on show from May-July 2018.
Cathy is based in London and lectures regularly to Quilters, Textile and Embroidery groups as well as Photography associations, U3As and the WI. Her talks include both the history of the Cyanotype/Blueprint technique, which dates back to the mid 19th century, and the inspiration behind the Antarctic quilt series. All proceeds from her lectures are donated to the South Georgia Heritage Trust and/or the Jubilee Sailing Trust.
Her work has been featured in a number of magazines including Fabrications, Popular Patchwork. The books, 'Cyanotypes on Textiles' and 'Digital Imagery on Fabric', both by Ruth Brown, and Linda Seward’s book ‘The Ultimate Guide to Art Quilting’ also use illustrations of her work. She presented a paper on the 'History of Blueprinting and Cyanotype on Textiles' at the British Quilt Study Group Seminar in Manchester in October 2015 which was published in Quilt Studies in May 2016.
Although she is now retired from the medical profession she is still active in cancer research.
Kingston on Thames Museum and Art gallery 9th November - 2nd December 2017. Commissioned work Muybridge in Motion displayed in Foyer. https://whichmuseum.co.uk/england/kingston-upon-thames/kingston-museum/exhibitions/eadweard-muybridge-week-2017-at-kingston-museum
St George's Hospital, London. Dr Edward Wilson, From St George's to Antarctica. Exhibition including all three Terra Nova Quilts 24th - 26th November 2017, Hyde Park Room Fri 9-5, Sat and Sun 10-4 admission free. Evening event of Antarctic History talks on Thursday 23rd November.
Bridlington Spa Gallery, East Yorkshire. 17th March- 19th April 2018. Three Ships from Hull and other pieces including cyanotypes
Kingston on Thames Museum and Art Gallery 4th May -5th July 2018 Six small pieces as part of 'My Muybridge' exhibition
January 13th 2018 Chiltern Quilters, High Wycombe
July 10th 2018 Fat Quarters Quilt Group, Great Missenden, Bucks
Oct 9th-10th 2018 West Kent WI