Pittsburgh Artist Registry

Cathleen Margaret

Cathleen Margaret

Artistic Category Artist
Career Level Professional
Experienced With Commissions, For-hire services, Leading workshops, Speaking engagements, Teaching engagements

All of my work is inspired by the mysterious relationship among God, the human trek toward destiny, and nature. Here, in my work and the manipulation of material and form, is where I find the importance of truth and deception. I enjoy pushing boundaries within techniques such as poetry, writing, hand painting cloth, hand and machine embroidery, decoupage, bead embroidery, redwork, stumpwork, peyote, hand and machine quilting, felting, crochet, and papier-mâché. The fun begins when more than one technique visits within a piece to create cohesion and chaos, straight and crooked, as is the way of our journey into enlightenment


cathleen margaret (formerly Cathleen Richardson Bailey) is a MacDowell Fellow, writer, musician and self-taught textile, bead and doll artist. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Maine at Stonecoast. She has received grants and awards from The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts' Master/Apprentice Fellowship in Traditional Quilting and Yoruba beadwork; The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts; The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts' Fellowship in Literature, among others.

Publications include Bebop in the Small of Her Back; Our Name is Memory; and Berthenia Belle.

Her fiber art has shown at the Renwick Gallery of American Art (Washington, DC), among others. Publications include Bebop in the Small of Her Back and Wild Howling Women. Her work has appeared in Shooting Star Literary Review, A & U Magazine, Cake Train, Sage Woman, Word Play Sound, Linden Avenue Literary Journal, and Border Crossing.

She has shared her gift of combining creative writing and fiber art with various organizations including Brooklyn Public Library, Cuyahoga Valley National Park and The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Artists-in-Education Residency Program. 





Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15136



  • Publishing
  • Prose
  • Poetry
  • Playwriting
  • Fiction
  • Artist Books
  • Mixed-media
  • Textile


  • Acrylic paint
  • Assemblage
  • Collage
  • Cultural
  • Ethnic
  • Fabric
  • Feminist
  • Fiber
  • Folk
  • Indie
  • Narrative
  • Organic
  • Recycling /green
  • Text
  • Traditional
  • Watercolor
  • Abstract
  • Spiritual/Religious
  • Acrylic
  • Experimental