Cathleen produces work as a designer, technician, and stylist as a member of IATSE 212's costume department. She has had the pleasure of designing for the Opera, Theatre, local Indie-musicians, Film, and Television. She loves her work because it allows her to collaborate with talented artists and continue to experience the joy of playing ‘dress-up’.
Cathleen’s formal training began at Trozmer Universidad de Diseño in Puebla, Mexico where she learned the basics of patterning and construction. Upon returning to Canada she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Costume Design from Dalhousie University. In tandem with her baccalaureate work Cathleen studied experimental fashion under renowned textile artist Toshiko Macadam at NSCAD University which helped to inform her views on process and sartorial interpretation.
In 2011 she obtained a coveted work study placement at The Banff Centre as the assistant designer to Jorge Sandoval for their Summer Ballet Series. There she had the opportunity to attend master classes in Costume Design from the incomparable Susan Benson.
In 2018 she attended Central Saint Martins (University Arts London) where she completed the competitive 'Innovative Pattern Cutting for professionals' program, a full time patterning course where she further honed her design sensibilities and process.
Cathleen is particularly strong in concept development, working within a tight budget, and creative problem solving (technical or conceptual). If you're interested in working together, or are just curious about costuming in general, do not hesitate to get in touch.
"I love my work and feel privileged to work in an amazing costuming community in Alberta, Canada. The scope of my responsibilities and my collaborators change from contract to contract, but my ultimate goal in every project is to produce quality work efficiently, and with an open joyful attitude. I value a respectful, safe workspace and do my part to make my coworkers and clients feel comfortable and cared for. "