I've always been interested in color. As a kid, I drew up elaborate color schemes for my future bedroom (deep burgundy and gold, if you're wondering - apparently I always knew I was a Dark Autumn!) and hoarded paint swatches from Home Depot to use as bookmarks.
In 2012, I started a small dye business serving the babywearing market called Colored by Cate. Working as a dye artist led me to a greater understanding of color as I learned to mix primaries, tinker with my dye recipes, and see the subtle undertones of various hues.
Like many women, I felt that I had the potential to look better, healthier, and more competent than I did, but I didn't know what I was doing wrong. I had two small children and felt tired and frumpy most of the time. I'd read about personal color analysis before, peered at my veins (warm or cool?), gotten incredibly confused, and continued on my fruitless search for the perfect red lipstick. So when I stumbled upon 12 Blueprints personal color analysis when browsing online, I was hooked.
As a lover of lists and a stickler for accuracy, I was delighted by this systematic, whole-picture approach to color. I was thrilled that there was no pigeonholing based on apparent hair, skin, or eye colors, but instead an array of specifically harmonized drapes to assist in making decisions.
In early 2014, I trained with the esteemed Terry Wildfong in Michigan. I opened my studio that spring, with vast stores of enthusiasm and an ever-growing lipstick collection.
I continue to practice using the drapes and methods perfected by my amazing teachers and mentors, Terry Wildfong of Your Natural Design, and Christine Scaman of 12 Blueprints. I believe wholeheartedly in their drapes, their vision, and the rich future of personal color analysis. To date, I have helped over 200 men, women, and children across the country discover their seasons. I learn something new with each and every draping.
I live and drape in Louisville, Kentucky, but am often traveling!