Our newest team member, Cate, learned to sew with her grandmother who taught her to make pillows and doll clothes. Portland’s vibrant DIY culture brought her back to her sewing roots ten years ago. A graphic designer and art director, Cate loves the unique creativity sewing her own apparel and accessories brings. At Bolt, Cate enjoys helping beginning sewists figure out their style and learn to “see” how they can create that style with fabric, thread and a pattern. Arranging the bolts on the shelves feeds Cate’s love of design and she gets excited every time a new shipment of fabric arrives.
In addition to working at Bolt, Cate freelances as a graphic designer, hangs out with her family and is trying her best to train her dog. She also enjoys cozy mysteries and anything by Louise Penny or Agatha Christie. She spends her free time checking out Portland’s beer and wine scene and all the foodie goodness in northeast Portland like Old Salt and Red Sauce Pizza.