It's my goal and hope to support and inspire other mums and women out there who are regularly fantasizing with the idea of developing a business that they can manage around their children, home and lifestyle. I want to continue to inspire others that despite what odds or challenges you think might be stacked against you, there is a way.
With the above being said, I am utterly thrilled to be bringing you Kat from Team Kitten
. Kat is an old high school friend of mine and she is a mum of two gorgeous kids and oozes artistic and creative talent like no ones business. I love her work, and I know you will too, she is infectious and adorable.
Kat is a freelance illustrator and designer and has a love for quirky Japanese culture, Hello Kitty, Toys, Russian Dolls, Scandinavian Folk art, sunshine and rainbows, the occult, happy magic, bold colours, repeat patterns, geometrics, cute animals, retro home-wares and vintage children's illustrations. It's a long list of loves but they have always intrigued her and are more than evident in her amazing works. Below are some of my current favorites.
Kat never thought that her love of doodling would be something that she could do as a job, until some point in the early 2000's when she caught the attentions of Total Girl magazine who then asked her to illustrate one of their regular columns at the time.
I've asked Kat a few questions about her journey with having her own creative business and being a mum:
What were you doing before being your own boss?
I was working in fashion doing textile design for Colorado. It was an amazing job and I learnt so much and worked with great creatives, I was also doing freelance work then too. I had some great clients like Coke, Cadbury, Emirates Airlines
How did Team Kitten come about?
The name came about probably over 10 years ago. I was experimenting with web design and artwork and wanted a name to put everything under, at the time it wasn't cool to just use your own name, it had to be something different - and I think Josh, my boyfriend, thought Team Kitten would be a great fit because I love cats and my site back then would combine my love of cats and cute stuff.
How do you balance your drawing and design time with being a mum?
Well I have a 5 year old boy who was in his first year of Prep last year and a 3 year old girl who only goes to Kindy two days a week. So on those two days I try and bust a move and work on any projects, freelance work, or prepare for a coming market or exhibition. I also try and make use of time at night when they are sleeping, but I really don't like working every night. Usually Sunday and Monday nights are movie or latest TV show nights. I find being a mum is pretty exhausting so even though work is different to hanging out with kids, I still find I need my own down time.
What words of encouragement can you give to other mums with a yearning to do something with a small business whilst juggling a family?
Only do something you are passionate about or even something you are just good at and enjoy. You don't have to be an expert straight away, but if you chip away slow and steady (because I know mums don't have much time to devote to their own creative pursuits) YOU will get there
, and if it's something you enjoy, you will be having fun! Another thing I found handy was just doing little short creative courses like local sewing classes - something that's just for a few hours on the weekend, to build up your confidence and gain some new skills and meet other creatives.
I think the take away lessons in Kat's journey is that we can surprise ourselves sometimes and where our talents can take us. Look where Kat's love of doodling has taken her and she hasn't even professionally trained. But I know you must be thinking, but still how does she have the time. I know for fact that this sweet mumma also makes use of the time sitting in the car for school pick up in the afternoon waiting and she doodles some days until schools out for the day. It really is about finding those pockets of time in our busy mummy days to steal some fulfilling creative time for our passions.
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