Bridget Catchpole has been a studio jeweler for over fifteen years. She completed the Jewellery Art and Design program at Vancouver Community College in 1993 and received her BFA (Studio Art) at Concordia University in Montreal in 1998.
After completing her BFA, she returned to Vancouver and was inspired by the northwestern pacific coastline. Sea anemones became a point of departure for a new body of work inspired by the underwater colours and textures found in tidepools. Entitled “Au bonheur des dames (To the ladies’ happiness)” the series combined semi-precious stones and small nodules of plastic to produce richly textured forms. Visually the series extends to include whimsical plant life, flowers and berries. Catchpole declares that wearing one is like having “a divining rod to fabulousness.”
Thematically, Catchpole’s work is a conceptual expression of familial history and individual identity. Her work involves using non-traditional materials such as plastics salvaged from silk flowers or beauty product containers. Her work is published in Metalsmith, “Exhibition in Print 2004”, and in Lark Books 1000 Rings, 500 Brooches and 500 Earrings.