Catherine Marche Interviewed by Oh Cherry Blossom Tattoo, Thursday, 9 February 2012
Sweet Etsy Goodness ~ Kalicat
Have you not fallen deeply in love with her and her work already?........
*** Shop names are so important and personal; where did you get yours from?
OMG ! Do I really have to explain ? mmm, it is a bit embarrassing.....It took me ages to find something I like and feel comfortable with. When I was a student, one of my nicknames was Cat, which was better than people not being able to pronounce my first name Catherine with a French accent. The R seems to be a problem … Kali comes from a Greek work, which means beautiful / beauty. So I put both words together and Voila! my name Kalicat
*** Where do you find that you get your inspiration from?
People, songs, colours, poesy (poems), gemstones, wallpapers …
I have a vision of my clients being someone who is chic and stylish in all occasions. A woman or man who is confident, feels great in their own skin, who enjoys mixing styles : Vintage with modern, a classic tailored suit with mad statement jewellery… some with their own individuality and able to set their own trends. My collections are therefore versatile and can be mixed together or worn in different occasions with different attires.
|The Volutes Cuff|
*** How do you keep up your motivation?
Oh la la ! There are days with and days without. Then, all I need is to recharge with a holiday in the Caribbean. Laying down on the beach under a palm tree, on white sandy beach, drinking a cocktail in a coconut or pineapple with a little paper umbrella by the side always does the trick. [hahahaha, if only!]
If that is not possible, just eat chocolates (Neuhaus’ are delicious), listen to music, wear great perfume, play some saxophone and dance . That works just as well (almost). :)
*** Do you see your art and shop as a reflection of yourself; your soul?
Although I tend sometimes not to really see it, I must admit that yes, it is definitely a variation on the theme of Moi , myself and I. I also like to have fun and it can be seen in my some of my jewelry creations like my mice necklace...
My visual journey is quite varied; I have done a spell as an art director in an advertising agency, As an art teacher and tutor , as a printmaker, an artist, a fashion illustrator, a tableware designer, a curator, setting up children and adults workshops, life drawing classes... and now as a goldsmith creating with precious metals, gemstones and pearls. [wow!]
*** Does Art enhance your life?
Yes, definitely. I have never been without art around me and it fuels me as being part of my essence.
*** Can we have one pearl of wisdom you have learnt along the way?
Listen to your gut instinct ! and the Nike (Goddess) motto: Just do it! A bit like the Lottery: only those who play can win! Oh and most importantly, always eat the best chocolate !
And BIG dogs. They are a pleasure to deal with and double as big teddy bears/blankets/pillows and even horses (for toddlers) LOL! I am particularly fond of Boxer and Newfoundland. They are so well behaved with young children and cats and also do not bark too much. Mine used to be able to catch crepes (French pancakes) mid-air when I was flipping them!
And here is Cathrine at a jewellery exhibition
any shops you are in/markets you take part in ~
http://kalicat.etsy.com/ for US
http://kalicat.dawanda.com/ for Europe
http://www.alittlemarket.com/boutique/kalicat-97723.html for France