Category Archives: In The Studio

FRAMED AND MATTED GIVEAWAY / NOW CLOSED

F&M_2

Framing artwork, especially your own, is no easy task! There are an infinite amount of choices, the prices are usually outrageous, and it can take a good amount of time before your final piece is ready. I decided to give Framed & Matted a shot, and I was beyond impressed!

I ordered the free frame and mat samples on their site, and as soon as they arrived, I knew exactly what I wanted. I love when you’re presented a handful of quality choices (having too many choices make decisions ten times more difficult). You build your frame around your artwork dimensions online, and voilá! It only took about a week and a half for the frame to arrive. I set the artwork inside the frame (super easy), but you also have the option to mail in your piece for them to place inside the frame for you.

My framed piece turned out beautifully.

F&M_1

This week I’m giving away a limited edition print to one reader, which Framed & Matted will have framed in the frame of your choice. Head over to instagram to find out how to win!

*Must enter by Friday, January 31st*

Posted in Fashion Illustration, Featured, In The Studio | 7 Comments | Share:

WINTER DREAMS

Watching the snow fall…

Screen Shot 2014-01-23 at 11.49.00 AM

There’s always been something about snow that gives me the most wonderful energy. I can’t remember a time that the sense of wonder and excitement didn’t come over me as soon as I got the news of an incoming storm. Of course, growing up in Georgia, that didn’t happen too often.

Since living in the northeast, my love affair with snow has not faded even the tiniest bit. If it’s snowing, there’s a good chance I’m out wandering through it’s momentary beauty.

Lucky for me, snow seems to be a common theme this winter in New York City. It surprises me how negative snow’s reputation is around here. Yes it can get messy, it’s accompanied by bitter cold air, repetitive shoveling, etc… but if you stop to look around, it’s really one of the most beautiful sights to see. Your entire world blanketed in a soft glowing white. Snow casts a silence over the city like nothing else… with just the sounds of the winter wind and crunch of fresh snow under your feet.

SNOW_11 Snow_13

Snow_12

Snow_10

The Alice in Wonderland statue in Central Park.

Snow_14

Snow_8

Snow_9

Snow_2

Central Park glowing in white.

Snow_6

I hope this inspires you to look at snow differently (if you have a negative view of it), and see what a truly beautiful gift it is! 

Posted in Featured, In The Studio | 12 Comments | Share:

A LITTLE ABOUT ME

It feels like I’m starting the New Year a week late since I’ve just returned home to NYC. 2013 was a wonderful year full of new adventures, and fulfilling dream projects… but I have even bigger dreams for 2014!

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”
Walt Disney
 

I thought I’d start this year off by sharing a bit more about myself.

8_kEo-jShwAELe_qeGGh__iewaTlExnzfuRek7VBwo8,40GYoTRXW8h0VQXE5_OEUtieZn4LtL1lmZKVvJK1niQ

How did you begin illustrating? 

I’ve been drawing for as long as I can remember. It’s always seemed natural to me. I first began drawing gowns as a little girl, and it quickly turned into a passion of mine! Although, I did go through a brief stint of drawing horses (I was obsessed).

Did you study illustration in college? 

I did not. I studied Industrial Design in college… it was still a creative field and had a much more promising ‘career path’ than the fine arts. I never even considered being a full time illustrator back then; it was purely a hobby of passion. Luckily, I realized Industrial Design wasn’t my dream half way through school… and somehow tailored my ID degree to include jewelry, shoe, and costume design.

Katie_Interview_Photo_2

What are your favorite supplies?

I’m forever a fan of Aquarelle Arches watercolor blocks (Graine Satine), Mission Mijello Gold watercolors (very saturated colors), Winson & Newton watercolors, and Princeton brushes. See more info on my favorite supplies here

How did you come up with the name Paper Fashion?

It seemed like a no brainer. I was sketching fashion on paper… and voilá!

Have you always been artistic? 

Almost all of my earliest memories have an artistic link to them. My cousins used to say I was an artist when I was just a little girl drawing with crayons. My aunt gave me a set of watercolors and taught me to use them as a young girl- something that has stuck with me forever. I’ve just always felt a strong connection to creativity. It’s what I thrive on.

Why watercolor? 

Like I said above, I was introduced to them at a young age. Watercolors make sense to me… they seem like a natural extension of my mind, and so they are the method of which I choose to share my creative thoughts.

Do you think art can be self taught or something that requires lots of experience and time?

I think it can definitely be self taught. Art is something that is personal. I do think studying art techniques is ideal, just as learning the technicalities of music are important to being a great musician. There are exceptions of course, but learning the rules of a field gives you the power to break them. This is where you find truly unique work.

Desk_Katie

Was there a defining moment you knew what you wanted to do for the rest of your life? 

Absolutely. I’ve always had this creative side to myself, but the moment I realized I needed to find a way to do it for the rest of my life was during my first trip to Europe. I studied fashion and accessory design abroad in Florence, Italy back in 2007, and it forever changed my world. I became so obsessed with fashion, I wanted to know everything about it. During school, usual world history classes seemed boring to me.. but my first fashion history class, I couldn’t get enough!

My fashion professor worked for Moschino when he wasn’t teaching, so I asked him if there was any chance he could get me tickets to a show during fashion week in Milan. He granted my wish, and made my dream of attending my first fashion show come true. It was QUITE the experience.

G9e9I0SQfTBAJFuVfn8UjfFxYidfec7hJeD42fagpqA,Hhf975LvErkYvf2GSmyAiu-pX5aZ4__WgppVM8EtPEM,oMeIF3PldkvNbF2GypHxlp2aEdbR_uqeTEneVE3pIgs

How has the transition from Boston to New York City been?

I will always have a love for Boston after nearly six memorable years there! I love change, and the new experiences it brings with it, so moving to New York seemed like the right step for me. It’s always scary taking new risks, but they have always been my best decisions. I don’t quite feel at home in New York yet, but I’m loving every minute that I’m here, creating a new place of memories. The inspiration here is ever flowing in both the landscapes and the people… and it’s true what they say, New York is where dreams are made. 

What is the best way to stay inspired?

To never stop looking. Whether I’m traveling or in the same place I’ve always been, it’s important to look and observe constantly. You’ll be surprised what you can find with an open mind and a curious eye!

Images at desk by Ashley Weeks Cart. Outdoor images by Emma Jane Kepley.

Posted in Fashion Illustration, Featured, In The Studio, Interviews | 17 Comments | Share:

SHADOW PLAY

Shadow_3

If you follow me on instagram, you are well aware that I have an obsession with shadows and shadow puppets. There’s something so wonderful about the simplistic silhouettes cast onto the wall, taking on a life of their own with the right amount of imagination. It’s little things like these that inspired me as a child. I remember spending hours with my hand shadow puppet book, trying to get every figure just right.

I built a few shadow puppet ladies (which I’ll show you later on) and they took on a life of their own against the natural morning light.

Shadow_6Shadow_1Shadow_5

Posted in Fashion Illustration, Featured, In The Sketchbook, In The Studio | 9 Comments | Share:

PROPS

photo 2

When I’m creating a new piece I impulsively turn to the web to search for inspiration. It’s an efficient way to explore the world for new ideas… and often leads me to things I may never have come across if I were exploring my own neighborhood.

photo 5

While the internet is lovely for triggering ideas, I’ve found it to be confining once I start working on bringing an idea to life. For instance, it’s one thing to illustrate a pair of pointe shoes by searching for images online… but to have those pointe shoes in your hand, studying every angle, feeling the satin ribbons, seeing them cast ever changing shadows throughout the day, that’s what takes inspiration to a whole new level.

Over the past few weeks I’ve been scouring Ebay for vintage items to inspire new pieces (take a peek at my findings here). Items like pointe shoes, gramophone horns, venetian masks, the list goes on and on!  I’ve purchased a few of these things to study and inspire me, and I can’t wait to share the paintings with you.

photo 3-1photo 3photo 1-2

My eBay Collections were curated as part of my collaboration with eBay. #FollowItFindIt
Posted in Fashion Illustration, Featured, In The Studio | 7 Comments | Share:

100 Years of Fashion Illustration

Fashion_1

One of my favorite sources for artistic inspiration, 100 Years of Fashion Illustration is a must for every fashion artist’s library. Filled with over a century of fashion history seen through the artistic visions of masters such as René GruauChristian Bérard, and Bernard Blossac.

Join me and Laurence King Publishing on instagram and share your love for fashion illustration with the hashtag #PFxLKgiveaway for a chance to win a copy of the book. I’ll be choosing a winner next Wednesday, October 16th.

Open to US residents only.
Posted in Fashion Illustration, Featured, In The Studio | 5 Comments | Share:

New York, New York

Manhattan_Sm

Watercolor illustration on top of a vintage Manhattan map. Prints available here.
 

New York!

I remember the days I dreamt of living in New York City; It was during college, when I truly discovered my love for fashion. However, life often leads you to unexpected places, and I ended up moving to Boston for a job after my studies. At the time, I was disappointed that so many of my friends were on their way to NYC, while I was unpacking my bags just four hours north.

As you know, over the past five and a half years, I’ve grown to admire Boston more than I ever thought I could. I’ve learned to not only appreciate, but love the city’s small town feel, it’s incomparable passion for sports, summers filled with sailboats, and the romantic snowy winters. There’s something about Boston that helped me grow… it helped me figure out who I was as an artist, and where I wanted to go.

After many memorable years, the time has come for a new adventure…. A new adventure in New York! The past few days I’ve been moving my life into a charming apartment on the Upper East Side… exploring my new surroundings, and working to create a new home and studio. It still hasn’t quite hit me yet, but with the start of New York Fashion Week, I’m sure it will consume me soon enough!

The glamour of it all! New York! America! – Charlie Chaplin

I couldn’t be more excited to embark on this new journey, and look forward to the new world that New York has to offer.

A small tribute to NYC I worked on a while back…

 

Posted in Fashion Illustration, Featured, In The Studio | 16 Comments | Share:

ONLINE CLASS | 2

SkillsharePosterFinal

I’m thrilled to announce my second online course!

Join me in video lessons covering the basics of using watercolor, while focusing on shoes. Sign up and read about the course here- class launches August 13th. Stay tuned for a video teaser!

Sign up to take my previous class over here
Posted in Fashion Illustration, Featured, In The Studio, Tutorials | 7 Comments | Share:

PAPERFASHION SHOP

print2 print3

My print shop is finally back, and stocked with all new prints!

Lipstick_Printprint5

I’m thrilled with my printer- their quality is unreal. Each image is an archival ink Giclee print on hand-molded Hahnemühle’s German Etching paper (beautiful) with deckle edges. They look strikingly similar to the original watercolors. My prints now come in three sizes as well.

DeckledEdgeAnemone_Print

With proper care, each print can last for several generations.

print1

New prints will be added every month.

Posted in Fashion Illustration, Featured, In The Studio | 10 Comments | Share:

SHOP UPDATE

prints

As you can tell from my website, my main shop is located here. However, I also sell prints and iPhone cases over at Society6. I finally found some time to update the shop with newer work. Also, I’ve finally added the Inaugural Gown illustration!

iphonecases

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend! Thank you to everyone who’s already signed up for my online class… I can’t wait for it to begin!

Posted in Fashion Illustration, Featured, In The Studio | 21 Comments | Share:

Introducing…ONLINE CLASSES!

POSTERFINAL

 

I’m super excited to finally announce my first ever online class, Illustrating Your Favorite Runway Looks.

Over the past few weeks I’ve been working with Skillshare to create easy to follow video tutorials that will give you an inside look into how I create my fashion illustrations start to finish (and add the likes of glitter, crystals, and sequins!).

Here’s a little video we made to give you an idea of what you’ll see in the class…

Check out the full description and sign up here. I’ll be directly involved in the class, and helping you as we go along beginning March 11-23. However, since this is an online class, you can get tickets at anytime… I just won’t be guiding you through it on a personal level after these dates- all the more reason to sign up now!

I’ll also be hosting 2 giveaways for the class members who participate:

1/ One student at random will receive a beautifully printed book of my illustrations and process photos from Artifact Uprising. (remember the book I made with them a while back?)

2/ The top two finished illustrations will each receive a set of three of my favorite illustration books from Laurence King Publishing:

 Can’t wait to see what you guys do with your new skills! 

Posted in Fashion Illustration, Featured, In The Studio, Tutorials, Videos | 45 Comments | Share:

HI

Things have been hectic this month, as every December tends to be! Earlier this month I visited Atlanta with Buick and then made a quick trip to NYC for an event with Stuart Weitzman. Now, I’m just soaking in every last bit of the New England holiday scene before I head back to Atlanta for a quiet holiday break. I am crossing my fingers for one last snow before I head South though…

I’ve been neglecting my blog a bit, but I promise it’s for good reason! There are a lot of changes coming this way soon, and I can’t wait to show you. I also have a lot of changes going on in my apartment at the moment. I’ll share that later this week.

Side Note: If you live in Boston and haven’t stopped by the Brattle Square Florist, you must! It’s one of my favorite shops. Just picked up these roses today.

Have you made any ornaments? I’d love to see.

Posted in Fashion Illustration, In The Studio | 2 Comments | Share:

BOOK REC

Cover illustration: David Downtown

Many of you have asked for fashion illustration book recommendations, and this is one I absolutely love. There are pages and pages of inspiration- from Bernard Blossac and Tom Keogh (favorites of mine), to David Downtown himself. It would be a dream to be included in a book like this someday…

Illustration: Tom Keogh for French Vogue, 1948

Illustration: Bernard Blossac

Available for purchase here.

Posted in In The Studio, Tutorials | 1 Comment | Share:

GET READY TO ILLUSTRATE!

Okay guys, It’s official! I’ll be teaching my first fashion illustration class next month in NYC.

I’ve teamed up with Skillshare to start showing you guys a thing or two about illustration. Each student will receive a pack of some of my favorite supplies to get started (included in class price). No watercolor this time, but I’ll be offering that class a little later on. Let’s tackle sketching first!

Oh, and you won’t want to miss this! Racked is sponsoring my class, and offering each student a $10 scholarship towards my class.

Read more and sign up here. Hurry, there are only twelve spots in this class! SOLD OUT.

I’m looking forward to creating whimsical illustrations with you…

As this is my first class, I’m offering it at an introductory price, so please be sure to take advantage of it! 

Posted in Fashion Illustration, In The Studio | 19 Comments | Share: