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6 Questions with Cathy Penton

6 Questions with Cathy Penton

6 questions, a tiny interview with artists, makers and creative folks.

When I tried to locate the very moment I knew about Cathy, I couldn't quite put my finger on it. Was it her restful images of linen and stitches on IG? Did she reach out first to our letterpress studio for prints? Or had I visited her studio's website and browsed and swooned over her store, an insightful collection of goods from Australian makers and warmly crafted objects made by her own hands? Regardless of where it all started, I've come to be inspired by Cathy on innumerable occassions. It's not just a shared loved for raw linen, natural hues, homelife, interiors and family, it's also about the way Cathy moves through the world. Over the years I have watched as she made decisions about what she makes, what she stocks and how her small atelier shows up in the world. Her choices and decisions are always (seemingly) so clear and sure-footed, utterly authentic, totally unique to her, unwavering, steady and slowly paced, her offerings are so beautifully considered and measured.

We've worked together now on many occassions, supplying letterpress projects and goods to Cathy's studio and I'm always honoured to send work her way, because I know how much she values and champions the work of Makers the world over.

Cathy is one of those rare warm humans who you feel as if you've known a lifetime, even if you haven't met yet. I hope you enjoy peeking into her world with this next 6 Questions.


My name is….. Cathy Penton

I live in…….. a tiny little railway cottage in Meringandan, QLD.

I am ………. A maker, designer and on-line shop owner


Question No.1:

If there is one thing I believe in, it would be……… that love and hope are the only way to do this beautiful life we have.


Question No.2

Each day I complete this one ritual, action or routine……….. lemon or lime juice in water to start the day followed by a full glass of water.


Question No.3

I desire…………. to be present.


Question No.4 

Before I die, I would like to learn how to………….. use my camera out of auto mode and learn more about ceramics


Question No.5

The book that changed my life was…………….. Simple Abundance.  My mum passed away very suddenly and I am not exactly sure why but reading this book daily helped me get through a very tough year


Question No.6

The wisest words ever said to me were…………..  This one is really tricky .... so many wise words over the years but my hubby once said ... “you can’t control what other’s think .... “  I know this may sound really basic but I think I was about 29-30 at the time and I just remember it felt like a strike of lightning to me.


Optional Question No.7 

One thing most people do not know about me is that I……… hate feathers.... they creep me out.


Who would you nominate to answer these questions next?  

Millie Harvey (you can actually find Millie's 6 Questions here on the blog!)



To learn more about Cathy, her beautiful atelier and creative practice, you can visit or follow on IG @cathypentonatelier .