HUDDERSFIELD-BORN textile designer Catherine Hodgkinson has scooped a coveted place on an industry mentoring scheme and will be showing her work at a major textile exhibition in Paris this autumn.
Design is a second career for 47-year-old Catherine, who was raised in Golcar and attended Colne Valley High School. After studying an art foundation course in Huddersfield, she went to work at a small printing company.
It was only when her children, now 19, 14 and 12, were at school that she decided to change direction and return to studying.
Now living in Jedburgh on the Scottish borders, Catherine took a BA Hons degree in design for textiles at Herriot-Watt University in Edinburgh and is one of just 24 new designers to be chosen for a place on the Texprint mentoring scheme.
As well as receiving help from top industry professionals, Catherine will be showing at Indigo, part of the Premier Vision exhibition in Paris this September.
Catherine’s current experimental collection of knitted fabrics uses Lycra and viscose to create skeletal structures, along with devore and surface printing.
She is excited to be part of the mentoring scheme and hoping that it will lead to commissions. “Premier Vision is a trade fair for textile people from all over the world and that’s the platform we will have,” she said.
Several members of Catherine’s family still live in the Huddersfield area.