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Catherine Buddle in studio, 2016, Photographer Grant Hancock

Catherine Buddle

Graphic Design, Jewellery, Textiles, Wearables, Accessories

For Catherine Buddle, working with thread is part of her DNA. Some of her earliest memories are of crocheting as a constant childhood pre-occupation. This focus on detail and minutia has influenced her career spanning biological sciences, scientific illustration and graphic design. Each in its own way requires meticulous attention to detail and has inspired her current jewellery and object practice.

Catherine employs this precision to create organic forms that appear spontaneous, and represent the human psyche as an abstracted, mutable vessel. She is fascinated by cellular construction, botanical detail and the lustre and texture of rare fine gauge threads, and has cultivated her own silk worms. Her works are very personal and time consuming and she is delighted when she sees someone wearing one of her creations. It is as if the wearer understands that they hold a piece of the maker with them, almost as a talisman.

Memory and narrative are important for Catherine and she believes our childhood experiences are imprinted and embedded in us. These tactile stories and threads form a calligraphic tracery, fragments of memory, maps of meanderings. She works with textiles and old paper, stitching patterns and words into these textured surfaces that are already laden with their own histories or stories. Themes of metamorphosis run throughout her work, reflecting Catherine's own continuing experiments with the delicate, the organic and the transformative.

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Catherine Buddle

Catherine Buddle

364 Gilles Street
Adelaide 5000
South Australia Australia
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+61 408 835 206


Opening hours
Open by appointment


Solo Exhibitions

2010, Full Circle, Art & Heritage Collections, University of Adelaide, South Australia

Group Exhibitions

2018, The Doll Redefined, Gallery 1855, South Australia
2018, The Red Project, Studio 20/17 Project Space, Sydney
2018, Threads of Thought, Signal Point, South Australia
2017, Crackers, Zu Design, South Australia
2017, Bloom, Gallery 1855, South Australia
2017, D’angle it, Zu Design, South Australia
2017, Curious Objects, Signal Point, South Australia
2017, Opening Exhibition, Studio 20/17 Project Space, Sydney
2016, Nature, San W Gallery, Shanghai, China
2015, Wish you were here!, Adelaide Central Gallery, South Australia
2014, The Art of Romance, Gallery 1855, South Australia
2013, The Finer Things, Zu Design Jewellery + Objects, Adelaide
2012, Hand Picked, Zu Design Jewellery + Objects, Adelaide
2011, Eg etal, Flinders Lane window display, Victoria
2010, Wishlist, Craftsouth, South Australia


1985 – 2016, Established and operates Buddle Design
1984, Advanced Diploma of Advertising and Graphic Design, TAFE
1979 – 1984, Laboratory Assistant and Scientific Illustrator, Zoology Dept, University of Adelaide


2011, Finalist Hutchins Art Prize, Hobart, Tasmania


2016, A Thread Runs Through it: Catherine Buddle by Ansie Van der Walt, The Adelaide Review, South Australia


Ceremonial Mace for the University of Adelaide, South Australia
University of Adelaide Visual Art Collection
Adelaide Central School of Art
Private collections

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The Adelaide Review | A Thread Runs Through It

01 Nov 2016

A beautiful insight into Catherine Buddle’s practice and inspiration behind her textile and jewellery objects. Read the full story by Ansie Van Der Walt in the link below.

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