Blog You're Happy / Snapshot: Kathy Weller
We met Kathy Weller last May at Surtex 2012. Having seen her adorable and humorous work online, we were thrilled to meet her in person. While there wasn’t much time for long conversations, it was a pleasure to chat with Kathy during the quieter moments of the show. She’s a smart and tough cookie, manning her Surtex booth all three days by herself.
1. In about 25 words or less, tell us a little bit about what you do.
I license my art for products. I write, illustrate, and design greeting cards. I conceptualize product line ideas for my art. I create patterns and decorative art as well as character-based collections. I am also a graphic designer, so everything I do is also steeped in my design sensibilities, as well.
2. How long have you’ve been doing this?
Since the start of 2010, but it seems like it’s been longer, because I began studying art licensing in 2006. When I discovered there was a name for this field I’d always wanted to get into, I was sold. I went to Surtex and Licensing Expo that year, and took tons of classes at both. It was full immersion. Five years later, I did my first trade show, AmericasMart Licensing and Design in January 2011. I also did Surtex that same year. Go big or go home!
3. What’s inspiring you currently?
I know it’s not an external influence, but what starts in my sketchbook usually ends up inspiring some of my favorite work. I’m not sure where the ideas come from—probably from my lifetime obsessions mixed with whatever I’ve been thinking about for the last five minutes.
4. What’s your dream project?
This is a loaded question. There are so many. Lines with some of my favorite manufacturers. Working with a gift book and stationery publisher on gift books, activity books, journals, date books, fitness logs (I have ideas for all of the above!). I’d love to be considered for the Le Sportsac “Artist In Residence” series. So many more dream projects. I’ll get there!
5. What’s your favorite holiday?
Halloween and Christmas are BOTH my favorite! Do I have to pick??
6. Cake or pie, and why?
The only cake that beats pie is the flourless chocolate cake from (my local) Finale Bakery. On the flip side, I’m pretty picky about my pie crust. (Gee, I’m a tough customer, aren’t I!)