Catriona McLaughlin is a Scottish Textile Designer based in the picturesque Cramond village in Edinburgh. She specialises in creating unique handmade knitwear and accessories, sold worldwide under her WildCat Designs label.
After training in the beautiful Scottish Borders, she graduated in 2005 from the Heriot-Watt University School of Textiles (formerly the Scottish College of Textiles) in Galashiels with a BA Honours degree in Textile Design. Catriona specialised in knitted and constructed textiles and soon after finishing her studies, decided to continue designing and making handcrafted accessories by starting up her own label, WildCat Designs.
Her work is inspired by graphic prints and a love of pop culture iconography. The pieces she produces are hand or machine knitted, usually from Merino lambswool, and the majority are then felted, to give a wonderful soft quality. Felting also means that the fibres can then be cut without the fabric unravelling. Retro video game graphics from the 80s were found to be perfect for translating into knitting patterns, and so the Space Invader inspired designs were born.
Other influences include the interplay of positive and negative space – as seen in the delicate lace pieces or geometric motifs she creates – and experiments with colour, pattern and texture.
Since starting the business, Catriona's textiles have sold to Australia, USA, Canada, Europe, Asia and the UK. WildCat Designs creations have also featured in several exhibitions at galleries within the UK, including Space Craft at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester, UK DIY at the Turnpike Gallery in Leigh and most recently, the Winter Contemporary Textiles exhibition at the New Ashgate Gallery in Farnham, Surrey.
Year Established: 2005