Though American born, Caitley grew up in the ancient cities of Alexandria and Cairo, Egypt where she was surrounded by some of the oldest, and most magnificent forms of art and design in history. Having had such first impressions as a young designer, her work is heavily influenced by the bold, but lyrical, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean ornamentation and the perfection of imperfection of artisan made craft.
With these multicultural influences and the period fabrics from her first career in costuming, Caitley's designs create a modern fusion of periods both old and new, drawn from cultures both near and far.
After studying Fashion Design at the American College of London, Caitley returned to the US to finish a degree in Graphic Design from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore MD. Upon graduation, Caitley followed a successful career in costuming for film, television, and to Broadway for theatre. During the transition between screen and stage, Caitley was a freelance designer for a homewares company who sold her designs in stores throughout North America.
In 2008, after moving to the Asheville area of North Carolina, Caitley returned to her design roots, embarking on a new, self-taught, journey of hand screen printed textiles and pattern design.
To find out more about Caitley's journey from NYC's Broadway, to the mountains of Western North Carolina, check out articles in the Sept ’12 issue of WNC Woman Magazine, the summer 2016 issue of Carolina Home + Garden and the August 2016 issue of
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