California native Catherine Salter Bayar designs, sells and writes about handmade textiles, reviving and reinterpreting artisan handwork as a way to bridge cultures and share the common language of craft. Careers in clothing and interior design on both US coasts taught her the beauty of color, pattern and texture, while experiencing the world through the challenge of developing product in countries across Europe and Asia.
a third trip to Turkey in 1998, she met husband Abit, who shares her
passion for handcrafts and cultural exchange. They spent a decade in the
Aegean town of Selcuk, near Ephesus, with their vintage textile shop
and a popular wine and nargile cafe. In search of greater challenges,
the couple moved to Istanbul’s Old City Sultanahmet in the spring of 2010 with
plans for a handcrafts workshop, a gathering place to employ local
needlecrafting women and offer classes in traditional Turkish fiber arts
to visitors and local residents. The workshop found a permanent home in Spring 2012 in Samatya, an ancient fishing village on the Sea of Marmara, within the Old City walls.
- FIDMTextile and Clothing Design, 1982 - 1985
- University of California, Los AngelesInterior Design, Anthropology and Architecture, 1991 - 1995
- Bazaar BayarDesigner +Writer +Treasure Hunter, present
- Too many clothing companies to count, plus several interior design firms