What made you decide to become a designer?
My fun time as a kid was sketching and painting, then drumming. My mom told me to get a job when I was 15 and I wound up in my friend’s fathers jewelry store. Watching the jeweler creating pieces made me fall in love with jewelry as an art form.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your work.
I’m a total renegade; I began drumming in the NYC underground rock scene at 15 years old, when there were very few female drummers. Designing with black diamonds before anyone knew what they were, designing edgy fine jewelry and changing the direction of the industry in a fresh, expressive way. I always follow my heart in all I do. I’ll never go with the masses
Which products are you most proud of?
I love all my children the same everything I design is influenced by different eras from gothic, vintage, rock and roll with a feminine touch. I feel all of the collections work together, though unique from one another.
Who was your mentor?
My mom, she taught me how to dream.
Your idea of perfection?
My idea of perfection, is imperfection
What puts you in a creative mood?
Everything – unfortunately I can’t stop creating; I try and find ways of taming the beast.
What is something about you that nobody would guess?
I’m actually shy
My dogs, red wine, cooking and gardening.
You’re most annoying habit?
I chain chew Nicorette gum.
How would you like to be remembered?
That I was an inspiration to women.
Thank you Catherine. You rock in every sense of the word! Click here to see the Catherine Angiel collection.