Meet Catherine Willett

photo by Whom Studio 

photo by Whom Studio 

Hi! Would you like to introduce yourself?

 

I am an artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. I have a background in printmaking and art history, and am currently pursuing a masters degree in illustration at the Fashion Institute of Technology. 

 

I primarily work in ink, and my drawings explore nature and organic matter, the life and death cycle, dreams, and memory.

 

What does being a creative mean to you?

 

Being a creative means that I'm compelled to make. Fulfillment comes from channeling an inner voice and creating something that didn't exist before, to be shared with the world.

Do you recall when you first realized you HAD to be creative?

 

Coming from an artistic family, I've been drawing for as long as I can remember. I don't recall a pivotal moment when I realized I had to be creative - I think it was within me all along.

 

What is your favorite work ritual?

 

Aesthetics are so important, so I try to keep my workspace beautiful even when it's messy. Mess and chaos can still be beautiful when you surround yourself with objects you love. Turning my phone off and finding music that fits my mood are also super important to the process.

 

How do you cope when you feel overwhelmed?

 

I tend to be introverted, so reaching outward and hearing what others are dealing with during these moments helps me to recharge and get outside of myself and my stress. I also seek nature in these moments and know that I'm overdue for a trip outside of the city. And sleep.

What three traits would you say are a must for someone going into business for themselves?

 

Adaptability, self-forgiveness, and humor

 

What is your definition of success? Do you feel that you are successful? 

 

My definition of success is being in a state of constant creation that includes a balance of making and reflection. I struggle with this, because I'm not always able to look at the moments of rest and reflection as necessary parts of the process.

 

What has been the best advice you have received?

 

"Don't try to make something universally understood. The moment you start to worry about whether your work will be loved by everyone will be the moment you fail. If you make sincere and personal work, others will connect to it naturally."

 

Who is a female (past, present or fictional) you find inspirational? 

 

Louise Bourgeois. She used her personal history and innermost fears and anxieties to inform her work, and ended up making the rest of us feel less alone. 

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