Catherine Hunter (Kate) is a contemporary jewellery and object maker who creates using metals and traditional metalsmithing techniques. She also uses natural fibres with the crafts of knitting, crochet, spinning, weaving, felting and embroidery, all in her micro-studio on the edge of a mangrove estuary in Cairns, Queensland. All metals are recyclable and made from recycled sources.
Kate is also an accomplished seafarer with years of experience in recreational sailing and industrial shipping, taking her to many ports around the world. Her time spent at sea, 1989 to 2007, has influenced her work and piqued her awareness of global environmental challenges. As a result, Kate’s work has a distinctive look, drawing the viewer into a detailed visual narrative about natures struggles and triumphs, declassifying the medium by incorporating materials not ordinarily associated with jewellery.