Cathy’s work is hand drawn in archival ink mostly using .03mm Copic multiliner. The delicacy is reminiscent of an embroiderer’s needlework and in particular, lace. The complexity of design and exquisite execution are evidence of Cathy’s devotion to her work, with any one piece taking up to 250 hours.Her intricate and finely detailed works demonstrate a radial balance, drawing our gaze from the centre point. The circle, considered the perfect shape in Ancient Greek culture, has been associated with both divine and natural symmetry. It represents balance and can often symbolise harmony and unity. Cathy’s works evoke harmonious balance and the peace felt creating the works is transferred to the viewer. They invite quiet contemplation and introspection. Over the last 4 years Cathy has incorporated teaching into her business. With the focus on wellbeing and mental health increasing her class’s offer tools for both mindfulness and relaxation. The workshops have been developed to compliment wellbeing programs participants may already have in place. Cathy currently teaches as an incursion from years 2 – 12 both in the public and private education system. She has been invited to hold workshops at the Adelaide University, Cancer Care, Can-do as well as other private businesses. She currently holds monthly workshops for adults and students in her studio in Bridgewater in the Adelaide Hills.
Sabi Designs is the creation of Cathy Gray and Karen Judd. Cathy and Karen are always looking for the perfect piece of timber. Each tree is a story waiting to be told. The rings, curves, lines forever changing and leaving behind evidence of the trees connection to the earth and the life once lived. Once the timber has been salvaged the piece is then planed and sanded to remove any chainsaw marks. A smooth surface is created, the wood is then burned and the surface brushed to reveal the story. The surface is then inked and the paper or canvas is applied directly to the wood. The story is now captured forever. Long after the tree has fallen the wood continues to change. Cracks will appear, the wood will expand and shrink depending on the weather and because of this no two prints will be the same. Cathy and Karen have worked over the last 2 years sourcing paper that will truly do these prints justice and now work with handmade Japanese rice paper and stretched canvas for the larger pieces.