Australian Textile Artist
The world is all about colour
Cathy Jack Coupland
Welcome to my website and to 2019!
I’m an Australian textile artist, best known for my vibrantly coloured contemporary stitched art, covered in thousands upon thousands of machine made stitch. Using simple techniques, representational and abstract designs, I transform soft substrates into compressed, rigid textiles, rippling with fabric manipulation and dimension. The machine needle is my sketching, drawing and colouring tool, exploiting the age-old allure of thread and stitch. This collaboration produces uniquely tactile, beautifully manipulated artworks.
I exhibit nationally and internationally and have work held in numerous private collections.
All work in my Portfolio is for sale. Please contact me if you’re interested in purchasing my unique textile art.
New this year is a wonderful offering of workshops, sure to tempt Beginner, Intermediate or more Advanced stitchers. I love sharing what I do. Contemporary machine stitch is my abiding passion. Shops, schools or groups interested in any of these workshops, are welcome to contact me directly.
Grab a coffee, relax and enjoy my world of stitch and colour for a moment or two.
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Read about the creative process, design inspiration and life as an artist.
Do you want to dig deeper into what you and your machine can do? My Machine Stitch Odyssey class has been specifically designed to delve into what you and your machine can do.
Work: activity involving mental or physical effort done in order to achieve a result. This is the icing on the cake, the cream in my coffee and where all my efforts starts to pay dividends.
Design needs an intention, an aim and an objective. It must include purpose, passion and ambition. By asking myself these questions I’m providing the building blocks for how I will work and what limitations I need to have in place, if any.
Research, it keeps you young, who knew? ‘Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young’. Henry Ford.
Work does not magically appear. My design process, has a set pattern and rhythm. It’s comforting, I know where I’m going and what I need to do to achieve that desired outcome.
Connecting the dots from inspiration, to design, to a fully resolved piece of textile art, is a leap of faith!
Designing and creating my own work is a magical part of the process of being an Australian Textile Artist.
Becoming a textile artist didn’t just happen. There were so many things to learn, about myself, about how I work, my style, what excites me and most importantly, what doesn’t excite me!
We all need inspiration. It promotes a sense of wonder, excitement and that golden ‘what if?’ moment.
In this series, what I’m actually doing is re-acquainting myself with the curiosity these artists evoked in me. Somehow, someway, they have all inspired me to research, learn and push myself, and that’s a good thing!
My workshops are just what you need to unleash your creativity.
Stonehouse Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria
Whether you are looking to purchase artwork, offer an exhibition space or discuss Cathy’s work.