Meet Cat Babbie

I want you to touch my art. I create cocoon-like fiber sculptures that are vibrant and tactile, enticing you to reach out and touch them; to make a physical connection with these strange, beautiful things. As life moves faster and increasingly digital, we become more isolated, but our intrinsic need for connection never disappears. The more touch screens, the more we need to touch things. Handmade art reminds us that attraction is real, that we are not the only ones who value beauty, that we are not alone. My work elicits a multi-sensory reaction from its viewers. A hand slowly reaching out, only to be quickly recalled as they realize they're about to touch the art! Leaning into that reaction is an integral part of how I think about creating. My goal is for people to interact with the multitude of textures and colors of the work on multiple levels. The practice of not touching the art is deeply ingrained in art-viewing; it’s exciting to see that folks want to touch my work so much that they nearly override that cardinal rule. Whenever possible, I grant permission to touch my work, which brings out a child-like sparkle in everyone. I look forward to sharing every aspect of my work, emotional and physical, with the world every time I start a new piece. ------- A naturalized Charlottean, Cat has lived in North Carolina for over 15 years, growing deep roots that don't show signs of stopping. She works in her vibrant studio at the VAPA Center and her cozy old bungalow (which she shares with two sweet kitties). She studied studio art and art history at James Madison University in Virginia. Her best collection is how many things she knows how to make, followed by the ever-growing pile of beads & sequins. Her work has been presented on billboards as a part of the 2021 class of Art Pop Street Gallery, shown at Artfields, and various awesome art shows along the east coast. She's currently working as Salt Paper Studio's Creative Project Manager, and would love to show you her budget spread sheet template.

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Tufting in action!