You might remember the trunk show we had a few weeks ago for
Catherine Abston or seen some of her amazing leather and
bone breastplates around the store.
She is a very talented designer and we've decided it's about time
we learned a little bit more about our fabulous jewelry designers!!
Picture from Catherine's in-store trunk show.
1. How long have you been designing? How did you get started?
I have been designing since I was about 21. Silly as it sounds I started with
friendship bracelets...then beading...sewing bags and hats....I would do
festivals in Houston. Those were pretty fun days!
2. What inspires your designs?
I really like blending things that are from different cultures or just different
organic materials. For example, I love to put faceted stones with snake
vertebrae or bones. Two worlds collide type thing.
Hand Crafted Buckskin Leather Bag SOLD, Macaw Feather Fringe Necklace $140
3. Where do you see yourself in five years?
Well I just sort of quit my day job...so I plan to be a full time artist. I hope
that I will be having help manufacturing my wares...For example, the leather
work takes a toll on me physically. Help with that would be a god send, that
way I can spend more time on my trend setting-fabulous ideas.
Close up of Catherine's leather bags. The Black Fringe Rabbit Leather Bag is $498, rest have sold.
4. What are you wearing right now and where did you get it?
Today I am wearing a vintage silk black slip that I have had forever. A blue
jean vest that I have hand sewn a grateful dead steal your face patch on. It
also has a giant black crow on the side of it. Ermine tail earrings (of her own
design) and flip flops. Nothing glamorous, but I find it is my summer uniform.
Beaded Bone Breastplate $148, Detail Shot from the Trunk Show
5. If you were stranded on an island what 5 things could you not live without?
This is the hardest question of them all....
2. Karite lip balm
3. My dog
5.Canvases and oil paints.
I could finally have time to work on my paintings.
Yup, those things could make me happy!!
And, here is the lady of the hour, Catherine Abston!!!
She made her dress and she's rocking the Jeffrey Campbell Kelsey's!
Thank you so much for being awesome Catherine. Keep up the good work!
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