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Featured in Today’s Woman

March, 2014 (The Repurpose Issue)
22 Things
By Alissa Hicks

Cathy Wade began her repurposing career when she was in middle school. She now repurposes 100 percent cashmere sweaters into other items such as lap throws and infinity scarves. “I started sewing when I was in middle school. I just wanted different clothing. I used tablecloths and curtains and started making A-line skirts.” What’s her signature repurposing style? “I save all of my labels, and I also cover my mannequins in different things. I do everything by hand. I try to stay branded; I want people to look at my [items] and say ‘That’s a Cathy Wade.’”

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Covered by Artbella

September 2013
Featured Artwork: Cathy Wade Ridge

Fun, colorful and unique are three words that best describe Cathy Ridge’s designs.

The textile/fiber artist works with recycled cashmere and vintage textiles – mainly mid-century cottons and backcloth. She likes to reinvent her materials. A turtleneck removed from a sweater becomes an ear toaster and the sweater’s ribbing becomes fringe for a cascading tiered skirt.

“I began collecting cashmere sweaters in college, more than thirty years ago,” Ridge explains. “I’ve sewn and designed my clothing since high school. Vintage fabrics and soft, beautiful cashmere are truly my addictions. I love to collect, rescue, recycle, and repurpose!”


Covered by Round About Madison

January, 2013
Two Oldham County Area Artists Admitted to KY Juried Program
By Helen E. McKinney

Cathy Wade Ridge has always been a sewer and designer, making her own clothes since college. Years later, she continues to hone her style into a juried artform that has been accepted into the Kentucky Crafted Program.

Her idea and style are uniquely her own. “I take cashmere sweaters apart and recycle them into wearable art,” said Ridge, 58. She creates women’s fashion and accessories, baby items and home décor.

Four years ago, Ridge, who lives in Prospect, went full time with her fiber inspirations. She has taught school, been a pharmaceutical representative and worked in sales. But nothing has brought her as much joy and satisfaction as the wearable art she creates for herself and others.

After designing and recycling cashmere items for herself, Ridge decided to create items for other people. The first item she made was a scarf and she received so many compliments, that word of mouth soon spread and she was selling the items as well.

“I’ve always loved cashmere cardigan sweaters,” she said. “I probably had one hundred at one time and wore a different one every day.”

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Covered by Style Blueprint

February, 2012
Recycled Cashmere: Designs by Cathy Wade
By Heidi Potter

For six months I held onto my favorite cashmere sweater. It was eaten by silverfish and had three huge holes right down the middle. I held onto it in hopes of getting it repurposed by the woman featured today, Cathy Ridge.

Cathy uses damaged cashmere and “recycles” it, creating new and beautiful things with your old cashmere. Her mantra is “Recycled. Reimagined. Repurposed. 100% Cashmere.”

I visited Cathy in her studio in the Mellwood Arts Center. I gave her my sweater — after I had a brief moment of silence to let it go — and this warm and inviting soul immediately started cutting the sleeves off of it, very casually and right in front of me! I almost threw up. My sweater was getting slayed. Somehow, I continued to breathe, and actually talk, while I watched her “repurpose” my sweater.

In the hour I was there, she made me an ear toaster and a beautiful brooch, just out of the sleeves and the turtleneck of my sweater. While she was sewing and cutting, she was simultaneously showing me merchandise and talking. It is multi-tasking in the highest echelon. I can barely walk and chew gum at the same time and she made me two one-of-a-kind cashmere treats in the blink of an eye.

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