October 3, 2023
Woody Creek’s Isa Catto brings artwork + design to Willits
Isa Catto
Courtesy Photograph

Famend advantageous artist and longtime Woody Creek resident Isa Catto believes nice artwork and design ought to be accessible to everybody. She’s been a profitable advantageous artist for 30 years, primarily working in watercolor and blended media, and describes her model as “Natural Symbolism,” which she says will imply various things to totally different individuals, or possibly “nothing in any respect.”

However, the truth that advantageous artwork is value prohibitive to most individuals didn’t sit properly along with her. She realized she wished to do one thing about it.

“Not everybody can afford to purchase a portray or a print. (I wished to) make my artwork accessible to individuals on a extra egalitarian scale,” Catto mentioned.

And so, it was on this spirit that she and her director of operations, Jennifer Roberts, teamed as much as make that department of her studio and enterprise doable. Three years in the past, they determined to marry her artwork with sensible design and began manufacturing textiles, paper items and restricted version advantageous artwork prints, which they present and promote in her gallery in Woody Creek, in addition to to a couple retailers within the mid-valley and on-line.

Chicken Flight, Smyth-Sewn Sure Books
Courtesy Isa Catto Studio

Their tagline is “Maintain Artwork in Hand,” and the objective is to create distinctive, stunning, sensible objects like notebooks, wrapping paper, tote baggage, pillows and scarves that can be utilized in on a regular basis life.

She is closely influenced by the Bauhaus motion, which sought to stage the excellence between the advantageous and utilized arts and to reunite creativity and manufacturing, uniting artwork and industrial design.

Fall 2022, Natural Cotton Textiles
Courtesy Isa Catto Studio

“I believe there’s this kind of caste system within the blue-chip artwork world that I wish to battle in opposition to. I need to punch via that rigidity, as a result of making various things and going into totally different areas of exploration solely enriches me as an artist,” she mentioned.

Primarily, she wished to stretch.

As a small enterprise proprietor on this valley, she has run up in opposition to challenges however is grateful to have the ability to crew up with different native companies in Willits this weekend to deliver each her advantageous artwork, prints and way of life items to the neighborhood.

Chicken Flight, Smyth-Sewn certain notebooks
Courtesy Isa Catto Studio

The three-day occasion will embrace a Friday night mixer at Ornamental Supplies, the place her advantageous artwork will likely be on show, in addition to a pop-up store on Saturday in the identical house and a meet-the-artist occasion at Bookbinders on Sunday.

Courtesy Isa Catto Studio

She encourages the neighborhood to come back out and take into account supporting not simply her, but in addition native companies basically in the course of the upcoming vacation season.

“We’re there to encourage individuals to buy small and native. Aspen has turn into so model pushed, and the alternatives to characteristic native are only a few there. In order that’s why I like Willits; it’s received a very fantastic neighborhood vibe,” she mentioned.

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