Cathy Jacobs is a working artist who calls herself a weaver and a painter. Ms. Jacobs has been painting since her early childhood, but it was not until 2014 that she learned to weave while in graduate school. It immediately took hold of her imagination. Through weaving, she found that she could express the full spectrum of colors and moods in 3-dimensional space. Her current focus is in weaving panels of linen that, when layered together, create vibrating fields of color.
Ms. Jacobs grew up in Ferndale, Michigan, studied art at Wayne State University in the mid-nineties and graduated with an MFA from Eastern Michigan University in 2015. She has since had her work exhibited at SOFA Expo in Chicago, Architectural Digest Design Show in New York City, and the World of Threads Festival in Ontario, Canada. Her weavings are represented at Next Step Studio and Gallery in Ferndale, Michigan and at State of the Arts Fine Art Gallery in Sarasota, Florida. She lives with her husband, Leonardo, in Ann Arbor and has her studio at Ypsi Alloy Studios in Ypsilanti, Michigan.
What inspires you to create?
The sky, the air, ornate fabric, old photographs
Can you describe your greatest creative achievement?
I don’t believe that any one action or creation has been more important than any other. Continuing to create has been my greatest achievement.
What advice would you give to the next generation of creative people?
No one else knows what you are capable of. People along the way may tell you no or that you can’t. If you know in your heart that you can, do it anyway.
What one word would you use to describe yourself or the work you do? Sparkly
To see more of Cathy’s artwork visit www.cathyjacobs.com
is a series of profiles of creative people throughout the world that I have either shared the stage with or have observed their talents from a far. The questions are my own and their answers are unaltered.