The exceptional and distinctive work of the avant-garde designer Catriona Faulkner has a unique fascination that draws the viewer into its intriguing scale and astonishing use of hand stitch.
Born in London, her Irish and cockney heritage are inherent throughout her practice. Inspired by the symbolic reference of objects she takes references from the extravagance of religious relics and shrines to the opulence of military regalia and ceremonial costume. Intrigued by the personal relationships people have with possessions and the human desire to adorn themselves, her inspiration is endless and all consuming.
A textile/fashion graduate, Catriona has spent many years as a lecturer at London College of Fashion and universities throughout the UK and in Sri Lanka.
Catriona explains her practice as "it's where I make sense of myself. I consider myself to be a collector, stitcher, maker, it's a title that encompasses my practice. My work is an evolution of processes and techniques that I have learnt and developed in my own distinctive way. My work allows me to explore my inspirations and creativity in one big melting pot".
The well honed aesthetic and exquisite detail of each piece allows us to glimpse into the inquiring world of her imagination, creating sumptuous embellished curiosities yet beautifully wearable.
Catriona's work celebrates the ordinary with extraordinary results.