Catherine Southwick is a Western New York craft artist that works with rope, yarn, and wood. She has a background in design, receiving a BA in Design Studies from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Southwick created The Sparkwork Studio as a way to explore her design ideas through a wide range of mediums. Though wood has been her first choice, she has gravitated toward basket making with nontraditional materials to create work that is functional but also creative.  More recently she has manipulated her traditional basket designs to create more sculptural works, challenging her technical and creative abilities.
Southwick’s work has been featured in shows at Buffalo Open Studios, the Kenan Art Center and at the Western New York Fiber Arts Festival. 
 Catherine Southwick, Artist Statement, Burchfield Penney Artist File.
 Cetherine Southwick, Artist Resume, Burchfield Penney Artist File.