Born at R.A.F Cosford, Catherine Bowdler grew up in Worcestershire and now lives in the Black Country. She has a degree in Printed Textiles from Loughborough College of Art and Design and a P.G.C.E in Art and Design.
With a background in printed textiles Catherine has an affinity with pattern, composition and colour. Catherine produces striking designs inspired by the natural world, in particular featuring some of her favourite British birds. Now creating works on paper, Catherine is able to make affordable prints in low editions. These compliment both modern and traditional interiors.
She has always loved drawing and making things. She found that most of what she likes tends to be flat, so printing was a natural choice for her. In recent years, she moved away from printed fabric to make original and affordable prints on paper.
Catherine collects mid-century vintage fabrics and this period of design has long been a reference point. But over the last few years the balance and ingenuity of Japanese textiles has really gripped her imagination. These influences infuse a subtle flavour to the work. She uses a workshop in Digbeth near the famous Custard Factory and hand prints her work in her 1950s English Rose kitchen. All her work is original and screen printed by hand in low editions using acid free artists papers and hand mixed inks.