Meet Kat from Team Kitten & How She Juggles a Home Business and Kids...

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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My Vintage Childhood: Meet Kat from Team Kitten & How She Juggles a Home Business and Kids...

Monday, February 10, 2014

Meet Kat from Team Kitten & How She Juggles a Home Business and Kids...

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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18 Comments:

At February 10, 2014 at 7:07 AM , Blogger ferrous said...

Oh, my. I have to choose just ONE favourite? Amongst all the gorgeousness, I really love the 'Here Comes the Sun' print. It's so bright, and happy, and positive. :-)

 
At February 10, 2014 at 8:31 AM , Blogger Allison said...

wow it is hard to choose trudes but I love "grow your garden"....wishful thinking on my part!...ive done the liking and the following bit too!....wish me luck xxx

 
At February 10, 2014 at 10:41 AM , Blogger Rachel Kriss-Newell said...

How can you choose from all those gorgeous prints. But one did strike a happy cord with me. The So Happy Art Print. Instantly reminding me of our energetic girls who love nothing more than playing outdoors amongst the trees outside. Hearing their mischievous giggles as they explore the yard for insects and feathers. This print personifies the happiness they exude, the brightness they bring to our family and the bright happy colours they love to wear and colour in with. (I am a F/B liker of Team Kitten - rm.newell@bigpond.com.au)

 
At February 10, 2014 at 12:56 PM , Blogger Cassandra said...

Soooo hard to choose! I think Id have to go with Moonlight Music. She appeals to my musical side which Im trying to find time to embrace again.
Ive been following tam kitten for a while now thanks to your suggestion on fb :)

 
At February 10, 2014 at 4:09 PM , Blogger Iliska Dreams said...

Started reading without knowing it was a giveaway. Thought how great it would be to get one of these designs as a tattoo!!
I liked Teamkitten on Facebook and following on IG. Plus I shared this page on my GB page.

 
At February 10, 2014 at 7:16 PM , Blogger irrimiri said...

What a great interview Trudie and Kat! :D
I'd love to take part in that giveaway too haha.
My favourite print is this one: http://d3u67r7pp2lrq5.cloudfront.net/product_photos/3635916/guitargirl_original.jpg
So bright and fun.
irrimiri @ gmail dot com


 
At February 10, 2014 at 10:45 PM , Blogger Cathy Stone said...

What a beautiful store, My favorite print is "Love, Sunshine, Joy" because it sums up perfectly how I feel when I think about my gorgeous kids and hubby who I love and adore. They make me so happy and bring me so much joy. We have endless amounts of fun, and they always bring a smile to my face when thinking of them. They add so much sunshine to my world. Would love this for my wall to remind me how much my family means to me and to remind me how truly blessed I am. I am a facebook liker. My email is cathhappy@gmail.com

 
At February 10, 2014 at 10:55 PM , Blogger Amber Boyce said...

I love 'Magic Bubbles' - it's absolutely beautiful. Following on Facebook
amber(dot)boyce(at)hotmail(dot)com

 
At February 12, 2014 at 11:31 AM , Blogger Christina Lowry said...

What a fantastic series! So happy to have found you through Aussie Blogs to Love. I must say that the 'Here comes the Sun' print is divine and would be fought over in my house.

Liked on facebook :) christina-lowry@hotmail.com

 
At February 14, 2014 at 10:20 PM , Blogger Bron Maxabella said...

Isn't Kat gorgeous? Her work is fabulous too. What a great find, so thank you, Trudie!!! x

 
At February 14, 2014 at 11:01 PM , Blogger My Yellow Heart said...

love the here comes the sun print! followed on Facebook x

 
At February 15, 2014 at 7:04 AM , Blogger Renee Wilson said...

Oh my goodness! So many great ones to choose from. I love the you are my sunshine one. Followed on FB. Great interview. Very inspiring.

 
At February 15, 2014 at 2:01 PM , Blogger june cleaver said...

It's hard to pick one ,i love the Here comes the sun print.But i also love the green dolly pillow & the You are my sunshine print.:)

 
At February 16, 2014 at 1:08 AM , Blogger Holly Nelson @ English Girl Canadian Man said...

Love those prints! She sounds like a talented lady! I am highly jealous of anyone who can make a living from their talents!

 
At February 16, 2014 at 9:21 AM , Blogger Michelle Gray said...

The Lucky Cats are so cute, hopefully I can be a "lucky cat" and win this beautiful print.

 
At February 16, 2014 at 12:14 PM , Blogger Sonia LifeLoveandHiccups said...

Oh wow Trudie, Kat's work is just divine and I love your mission to support other mamas too. xx

 
At February 16, 2014 at 3:49 PM , Blogger This Mummy Maze said...

As a big fan of owls i Love the reading is a hoot print but i also love the Baoshka prints too and have followed on Instagram

 
At February 16, 2014 at 3:51 PM , Blogger This Mummy Maze said...

My email addy is operationhotmother@hellokitty.com

 

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