Kentucky Tourism

Vigor, Cathy — Silkworks

Lexington, KY


dyed silk wearables

Born in Covington, KY, Cathy Vigor grew up in Delaware, OH, where her father was the head of the Drama Department at Ohio Wesleyan University. As a child, she traveled to Bloomington University in Indiana with her father, where he worked on his PhD and she took art classes. During these art classes she first became aware of the world of  weaving and looms and began her journey with fiber and color.


Cathy was taught to sew and work with fabric by one of her aunts and her interest in art continued through college, where she received a BFA degree in art from Ohio Wesleyan University with a focus on design. She completed an MA in art from Morehead State University and took Art Education classes from University of Kentucky. Cathy currently teaches in the Boyd County schools and has a fiber studio in the Pendleton Art Center in downtown Ashland.


Cathy creates hand-painted and shibori dyed silk scarves.  Shibori is a Japanese word from the verb root shiboru, meaning “to wring, squeeze, or press.”  Rather than treating cloth as a two-dimensional surface, with shibori, it is given a three-dimensional form by folding, crumpling, or pleating and then dyed.  The special characteristic of shibori is a soft or blurry-edged pattern.


Cathy’s work can be found at the Pendleton Art Center in Ashland, KY; Completely Kentucky, Frankfort, KY;  and the Appalachian Fireside Gallery and the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY.