the founder

Isa Catto is a fine artist, writer, and designer. Isa pulls inspiration from a variety of sources: the cultivated landscape of her high altitude garden, the wilder landscape of her native Colorado Rockies, and the more subterranean territories of mythology, literature, and poetry. These sources are conduits to more universal terrain, where she explores the rigors of loss, belonging, authenticity and connection, all the while examining the arenas of motherhood, sanctuary, and redemption. Her Creative Rummage blog augments this creative process and can be read here.

Left Brain Bio

Isa has spent the last twenty-five years working in watercolor and mixed media, as well as teaching workshops at arts institutions around the country, including Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, CO, and the Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. She is represented by Harvey Meadows Gallery and Kristy Stubbs Gallery. She also writes a regular column for The Chronicle of Philanthropy and advocates for arts education, social justice, and conservation.  Catto lives outside of Aspen, Colorado, with her husband, the writer Daniel A. Shaw, two children, and various dogs,  on a small farm where she stewards the award-winning Mojo Gardens.

Right Brain Notes

  1. I hike the hills at every available opportunity to peer at things. 
  2. I carry my sketchbook everywhere.
  3. I am a ruthless backgammon player.
  4.  I think curiosity is a vital organ.
  5. I have a great many ideas and then forget them. 
  6. I hate to pack.
  7. I would own ten more dogs but want to stay married.
  8. I am crazy about Tom Petty.
  9. I am always the wrong temperature on airplanes.
  10. There are never enough flowers.

Regular maps have few surprises: their contour lines reveal where the Andes are, and are reasonably clear. More precious, though, are the unpublished maps we make ourselves, of our city, our place, our daily world, our life; those maps of our private world we use every day.

Alexander McCall Smith

The Studio

Isa Catto Studio is located in the heart of the Colorado Rockies in Woody Creek. In the past year, Isa started fusing her love of design with her fine art studio practice. Her online shop now offers bicycling skirts, scarves, sarongs, and handmade books. The studio is open by appointment and is also staffed by numerous studio dogs. 

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The Process

Sustainability and Advocacy

Our complacency about our planet is untenable and I am using my vote, my voice and dollar as best I can. I am trying to be a thoughtful consumer from start to finish. I want to consume less and consume less well and have designed all products to serve a variety of uses: large scarves that can serve as wraps and skirts; wire bound books whose covers can be composted; while using a fabricator with sustainable practices. I am keeping print editions small to avoid the prodigious waste notorious to textile companies.  But we can do better so we have started a #givingtuesday where we pledge 50% of all sales each Tuesday to a non-profit that is working hard for the next generation.