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What a nice surprise, today of all days !
I was just looking at the English dawanda homepage when I suddenly noticed that my Love celebration You and ME garnet and silver ring is a bestseller at the moment. It is a ring that symbolises love by featuring 2 stones that represent each lover.
Thank you to all Jewellery lovers and Valentines who are celebrating with my jewels
Catherine Marché, or Kalicat,comes
from one of my favourite places in the world, the romantic and stylish
city of Paris. She is also, naturally, romantic and stylish herself and
Coral Turner, a couture designer puts it most beautifully: "Catherine
Marché evokes a hint of French playfulness into her handmade bespoke
and limited edition fine jewellery. Chic elegance is encapsulated in
rings, necklaces, pendants, earrings and bracelets made in high carat
gold or sterling silver; rich colours of precious stones and
semi-precious gemstones, along with lustrous baroque pearls all dance to
the tune of timeless adornment." 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
For example, the Volutes cuff, which has been photo etched for 7
hours, is ideal as a Bride’s adornment, also as a classic jewel for the
office with a tailored suit, in the evening with your favourite LBD
(Little Black Dress), it becomes a party or cocktail piece and as an
everyday wear with jeans and a cashmere top .
*** 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...
I like feminity. Check out this large enamelled pendant which was
inspired by a classic painting, featuring 15 layers of enamel .
***Where has this artistic journey taken you so far?
I trained in sciences maths, Physics and IT as well as music and arts.
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 !
***How important is feedback to you?
It is invaluable. I love the constructive criticism. It helps you
progress and gives you an insight of how others perceive you and your
art. Although I would say to be careful with feedback from friends and
family as they sometimes want to avoid hurting your feelings and may not
always tell you exactly what they really think.
*** Are you a member of any teams on Etsy - does this help?
really enjoy being part of a few Etsy teams. It creates a supportive
environment and friendship across continents which is really nice. I
like helping and encouraging others and It is also a great way of
getting feedback from a community of creative people who understand what
you are trying to achieve and can provide sound advice. It is like a
hub of mentors available at any time .
I am part of FrenchHandmade and UKhandmade which are both wonderful, vibrant and very active communities.
***How do you feel about your life right now?
I like my life. I have a wonderful husband and 2 lively boys who make me
laugh lots. They (aged 5 and 7) believe they are teenagers and adopt
some of older children’s attitudes which they deem as “Cool “.
My goal for 2011 was to implement a shopping cart on my website. 2012 is about getting stockists online and off line.
Also, I wish I had just more :), more Jewels, more shoes, more
skills, more children, more handbags, more time for my friends and
family, seen more cities and countries far far away, more features, I
would like to speak languages with a different alphabet like Japanese,
Russian…, celebrities to love, purchase and wear my creations,
collaborations with other talented creative ...
***Dogs or Cats?
All cats, as long as they purr lots and do not scrape my sofa/shoes…too
much. Sonny, the cat I had in Paris, used to go around the balconies and
bring me back pigeons ! He always looked mystified when I released
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