Row of harbour cottages from an original artwork by (c) C.Rowe 2010

Saturday, 22 May 2010

cornwall today feature

I'm delighted that my work is featured in this month's (June's edition) of Corwall Today on the Cornish Cravings page. The feature is focusing on Artist's and Craftsmen that are taking part in Open Studios at the end of May, beginning of June. It's a lovely little write up about my textile illustrations and when my Studio is open to the public.

"Seaside Special
Cornish beaches and harbours are captured brilliantly in the textile illustrations and collages by Redruth based Cat Rowe. She draws on a range of media, from fabric and paper to stitches and ink, to add a host of charming detail that is instantly reminiscent of coastal life. Framed work is available alongside a range of limited-edition prints and cards.
Falmouth Harbour II, £95. Exhibiting at Studio 1, The Lofts, Gweal Pawl, Redruth, TR15 3AN. Open May 29th - June 6th from 11am to 5pm, late night opening Thursday until 8pm. For more details,"

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

delicious new designs

St.Ives, Still Life. (c) C.Rowe 2010

My new card designs have arrived! Hot off the press there are five designs in the range and all have wonderfully domestic and cheerful themes to them.

All are available to buy on my website , i'm really delighted with them, you can definately can see the influence of all those days spent by the seaside in Cornwall.

Monday, 17 May 2010

still lives

There is something so very charming and lovely about a nice flower arrangement on a windowsill, preferably with a lemon or cup and saucer in the foreground. Perhaps with some small items of everyday life arranged as well.

These are some of my favorites at the moment.

Winifred Nicholson, "Flowers in a Jam Jar", c.1928

Gwen John, "A Corner of the Artist's Room in Paris".
Michael Coutts, "Spring Light"

Thursday, 13 May 2010

outside the studio

It's all looking nice outside my studio today. I now have two lovely blue pots of plants just outside my front door. Agapanthus (my absolute favorites), a palm, hostas, a type of daisy and strawberries (I had three last year). It really cheers the place up and will be a welcome sight for visitors during Open Studios week.
It's a nice spot in which to enjoy a coffee first thing in the morning. The sun warms this little area up and for a couple of hours is a very charming place.

Sunday, 9 May 2010

open studios in three weeks

The website is live. check.
Cards are at the printers. check.
Private View invitations are ready to send. check.
Leaflets and posters are ready. check.
Frames are on order. check.

Work is in progress......

Thursday, 6 May 2010


I took these photos of an apple tree in blossom this week. I've always loved this time of year when everything is blooming and life is springing up all over the place. The petals all look so delicate and charming and this year i've learnt of a Japanese tradition called Hanami, when a picnic is taken under the blossom of an apple or cherry tree. The idea of this really caught me and i've been looking out and spoting trees in bloom since.

Perhaps because spring flowers are all so pretty and come in such a graceful pallet i've found these influences creeping into my recent work and i've just finished a set of new greeting cards which I hope to post later this week. The designs all seem to have flowers in them and all use a fresh and light range of colours. Quite delightful.