I am a big believer that if you like someone’s work you should shout about it! Now more than ever is a time where we need to support small businesses wherever we can, so I would like to introduce you to Kate! She owns KaloolaJay Studio and is quite possibly one of my favourite creatives I’ve ever stumbled across on Instagram – and just so happens to come from the same city as me! If you’ve not seen her work before, Kate’s illustrations often combine dreamy architecture with beautiful pastel tones and summery blue skies. Her attention to detail, colour and texture is incredible! The warm climates of dreamy places like Palm Springs, Los Angeles and Santorini truly comes through in her designs.
You can purchase her prints on Etsy – and you absolutely should! I honestly love everything she creates and would happily just have a gallery wall filled with these prints. I was lucky enough to do a little interview with her a while ago, you can learn more about her journey as a creative below!
This is such a hard question as there are so many places in the world that I would love to visit for the architecture… I mean I would travel everywhere if I could as I find it so inspiring learning from different cultures as each one has a different take on what they consider a “home” or a good building to be.
But if I had to pick a few places that I’m really inspired by at the moment I would choose San Francisco for the colourful suburbs, Kyoto and Tokyo for their beautifully minimal coffee shops, Santorini for it’s white and blue island buildings and Miami for the art deco architecture.
I also really enjoyed working on a recent collaboration with Hostgator for the Alt Summit conference in Palm Springs and I designed a postcard which visitors to the event could write motivational messages to themselves on and display in their homes. Being a small part of such an inspirational event which empowers women across the world was fab and I’d love to be involved in more projects like this in the future.
There is such a supportive creative community out there so my advice would be to get involved on social media, especially Instagram, and never be afraid to ask for advice. I also think it’s important to understand the basics of business such as how to manage your finances and write up contracts, although I’d rather spend time creating these things are essential.