I am Catherine Coot, born in South Africa and living in the Netherlands since 1987.
After working for 10 years in retail I decided to study art at the age of 28. I always knew I was creative and wanted to do something with this. So I began my study in Design Presentation an Communication for four years at Sintlucas in Boxtel (The Netherlands) and graduated in 2012. I am specialized in Stand, Shop and Decor.
At Sintlucas I learned how to develop an overall concept that is always tailored to the identity of the customer and the message they want to spread. After an analysis, I search for the right materials and colors to create a proper presentation and atmosphere to visualize the wishes of the customer before working on to the end product. Spatial and technical insight in this important field, and sense of trends and styles are key factors in this process.
After Sintlucas I chose to studie at The School of Art, ArtEZ in Arnhem (The Netherlands). I studied Product Design for 1 year. At ArtEZ I learned to look at functionality, aesthetics and durability. Conscious and from an investigative attitude, ideas are viable within the right context. How to actually realize concepts are important as well as developing my own personal style.
For a assignment for school I had to design a product that has to do with Urban Mining (Collecting). I designed a jacket for children who collect leafs, nuts, acorns, chestnuts act. The children don't have to bring plastic bags because these bags get left behind and are bad for nature. The jacket can be worn in two different ways, the lower part can be snapped up so you get a pouch, the children use the pouch for collecting there found nature.
For a matriculation for the School of Art ArtEZ in Arnhem (The Netherlands) I had to design a lamp and make a process book of designers I admire
For a school assignment I had to visit the Dutch Design Week and note what I have seen. I made a summary of what I have seen that day at the Dutch Design week 2012.