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Creative Rummage

Ode to Joy – Design Story:

Years ago my son’s interest in mathematics inspired me to translate numbers into a color algorithm. I assigned colors to digits and charted out irrational numbers like Pi and Euler’s and found not only patterns but also a certain cadence within the string of numbers.  I thought I could apply the same technique to music…

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woMangrove Story

If you wonder why I do this, it’s for the women on Chira and the many others like them we work with around the world. Meeting these communities and seeing firsthand how vulnerable they are to the impacts of climate change is a life-changing experience every time, even after more than a decade working on…

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Life on Earth

“The whole of life is coming to terms with yourself and the natural world. Why are you here? How do you fit in? What’s it all about?”David Attenborough When I was seven, I released a candy wrapper out of an open car window to see it take flight. My father caught me in the act…

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Free Bird – Design Story: Appreciating the Overhead

The birds still remember what we have forgotten, that the world is meant to be celebrated.” –Terry Tempest Williams https://isacatto.com/product-tag/plover/piping plover A small animation of our piping plover doing what it does best: running across the sands of the Great Lakes. I was an avid bird watcher as a child. I spent hours with the Audubon…

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The Release: The Story Behind the Painting

A rabbit image for the beginning of February. And the story to go with it. When I was pregnant with our oldest, I wanted to take a class before motherhood became all-consuming, so I signed up for an introduction to mixed media workshop with the sublime artist Roy Dowell at Anderson Ranch Arts Center. Mixed…

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Elk Dreams

There is no succinct beginning or end to a garden season. Rather, the seasons are on a constant loop with variations in tempo. Winter is when I regroup and lean into the next pattern, the next beat. A Colorado winter always induces a big sleep. I see my flowers and vegetable gardens disappear layer by gentle layer under…

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Crazy Little Thing Called Love

Embracing Valentine’s Day. Finally. Love yourself. Then forget it. Then, love the world. Mary Oliver When I was young and a great deal more cynical,  I resisted the siren call of “Hallmark” holidays. I refused to celebrate Valentine’s Day and couldn’t wait for all the hoopla to disappear or be superseded by the next holiday.  This changed…

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Into the Blue Again

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” Anais Nin Every year I pen a New Year’s Eve letter to our kids. And then came this annus horribilis whose tagline should be: Wait, What? Really? WTF? Here’s an abridged version of my annual…

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Team Players

All the team except for Jennifer and Vivian. The studio team is officially on vacation and I’m the last one standing. Isa Catto Studio definitely earned a break after a surprisingly busy season with online sales and growing wholesale accounts. When I started this business a little over a year ago, I was flying blind.…

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Small Business Saturday

Some thoughts on our country of small businesses for today, November 28th, Small Business Saturday. It wasn’t until I was preparing to open my dream, a small shop filled with modern home and work goods that I became fully aware, we are a country of small businesses. My family was a mix of engineers and…

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