Thursday, May 1, 2014

Textile Designer: Cathy Hunt Featured on Pattern Observer

I am very excited to be featured on the Pattern Observer blog, where I share a few snippets of what inspired me on my last three collections. 
I am often asked where I get my inspiration for my work. It seems like the answer is different for each collection. But three things I always keep in mind:

• What product or category is in mind?
• Who will be buying it (target audience)?
• How can I make it unique and marketable?  

You can read the full article here
Pattern Observer offers wonderful workshops and courses through their online community, The Textile Lab, and I highly recommend them to textile and surface print designers of all levels.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Rockin' Wardrobe at Rock Hall

Jefferson Airplane Jack Casady's Coat
 Every time I go to The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum I notice something new. I always check out the clothing, the outfits worn for appearances. This visit was no different, but I was really digging the patterns, so timeless. Here are a few standouts. I bet Al Green really rocked those pants. ; )
Janis Joplin

Al Green

Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix

Detail of Jimi Hendrix Shirt

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Nelson Mandela had STYLE.

For me, watching the many news stories reviewing the life of the late Nelson Mandela conjured up many thoughts, but the thought that kept bubbling up for me was: "That man had STYLE."  In more ways than one. So in addition to the many things he will long be known for, I would like to celebrate his fashion sense, his choosing to have a signature look.

To read more in depth about the philosophy behind his style choices, here is a great article in GQ about The Madiba Shirt.

Monday, November 4, 2013

The Art of Hermes. Right in my own backyard.

Anyone who knows me, knows what a scarf addict I am. So when I heard that Cleveland Museum of Art was hosting a presentation on how Hermes make the Hermes scarves, I couldn't miss it. Plus, any excuse to head over to the museum, which if you have never visited–you should–it is absolutely WORLD CLASS. This event is a perfect example. I wasn't sure what to expect – would it be a slide show or video with a narrator? I was amazed to discover that, in fact, actual artisans form Hermes, master printers, as they referred to them, presented a hands-on demonstration of the silk screen process right there in the Atrium. It was a very interesting "show" with lots of inside scoop on the culture over at Hermes and how their standard of excellence drives every detail. Quite inspiring. I know Hermes is a luxury brand, but I had no idea that each scarf is literally made by hand, each color of ink silk screened with precision. A very informative, entertaining and inspiring presentation. 
You can read lots more about the details of the process at

Henri lines up the screen, using his 26 years of experience to "eye it up"
A screen for every color, plus one solely to print the Hermes name and copyright.
Of course, they make their own inks in the "kitchen" in Lyon.
Good thing they weren't giving away any scarves, I would not have been able to choose!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Cathy Hunt Designs Available at OfficeMax

I am doing a little dance in my office right now. On the shelf at OfficeMax you can find file folders with Cathy Hunt designs printed on them—twelve designs, to be exact. This is a bit of a milestone for me. One of my goals this year was to be "on the shelf" so I am pretty excited to be in a national retailer like OfficeMax. Now I need to get some filing done...

View more of my work at
from the Garden Gate Collection

from the Wellington Court Collection

Friday, September 6, 2013

Great Lakes Brewing Company 25th Anniversary

The GLBC logo I designed 25 years ago has not changed a bit.
Yes, we'll be celebrating with a few of these...
Tim and I in Rome schmoozing the local proprietors.
Wow, where has the time gone? 25 years ago I designed this logo for my friends, Pat Conway & Dan Conway. Today the Conway brothers and Great Lakes Brewing Company celebrate 25 years of success. I am proud to have been a part of it. Congratulations, guys! Well done. 
To get the full story on GLBC, read more here. Or better yet, stop by the brewery on Market Avenue,  where it all started. I'll be down there today enjoying a few really great beers, great atmosphere, and a lot of history.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

In a Waverly World...

Well, if I had my way I would live in a Waverly World. This campaign has been around for a while but each new ad always makes me chuckle. Every inch of the world should be so beautiful. Thanks, Waverly, for the inspiration.