Who is Cathy Erickson?
Cathy Erickson has a Masters degree in chemistry from Purdue University. Her early creative adventures consisted of stained glass projects and gardening. She made her first quilt in 1996 while waiting for her daughter during dance class. Starting in 2000, Cathy began taking art classes at the local community college and is close to having an associate degree in graphic design. In 2002, inspired by a class taken from Kitty Pippen, she began making art quilts using Japanese-style fabrics. That same year she met Margaret Chula and together they created a series of quilts and poetry inspired by the stories and photos of Japanese Americans in internment camps in the 1940’s. Since that time Cathy has been using poetry for inspiration on all her pieces. When not working or quilting, Cathy enjoys the wonderful views from her house of Mount Hood and the Columbia River. Friends include her many quilt friends and of course her cat, Sunny, who must approve of every quilt before it is finished.