As a jewellry artist Bridget’s studio work conveys the dichotomies between worth and waste. Utilitarian castoffs and remnants of manufactured debris in various levels of decomposition are relics that inform her work.
In 2004 Bridget Catchpole began reimagining and reworking discarded, manufactured materials. Initially deconstructing single use plastics and beauty product packaging, she began looking to broader aspects and impacts of post-consumer plastics. Bridget’s process of collecting, reimagining, and reworking discarded materials led her to the Pacific Ocean. It is through the process of beach clean ups along the Pacific Coast that her desire for change began. In a world experiencing the effects of climate change and environmental degradation, we are reminded that everything on the planet is connected.
“I seek the inimitable. Weathered. Cast aside. High on the tide line are the gems I collect. Liberated from the churning ocean and sun’s harsh rays, remnants of manufactured debris become my objets trouvé. My impetus for creation”.