Today we’d like to introduce you to Kathryn Colohan.
Kathryn, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
As a kid, I was constantly drawing and in high school, I got into painting. I got my BFA in graphic design and have been a designer for about 14 years, working mostly in B2B marketing and advertising. While I love that I get to be creative as part of my job, I was really missing the actual getting messy part of making art and have always tried to do some kind of print work outside of my day job. I had an in-home screen printing studio set up for a little while, but after moving, I never got the set up just right again.
I recently started linocut printing and am in love. The process is so hands-on and calming. If I mess up a drawing, I can fix it. If I slip in my carving, I can fix it, or start over fairly quickly. If I screw up on inking, I just move onto the next. With a one color print, I can usually do the whole process in about 6 hours. There’s great freedom in that speed and immediacy. At work, campaigns and project roll-outs take months to complete, which is just their nature. It’s therapeutic to sit down on a Saturday afternoon with a pencil and have a series of prints by dinner.
I recently sold my work at the Inman Park Festival and am looking into more festivals in the future. Honestly though, if I never sell a single one, it doesn’t matter. I’ll keep printing.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Since this is my side project, I’m really treating this whole thing as a learning process and deciding how much energy I can and want to put into it. If I wanted to make this the full-time work I would dive heavy into the marketing, making sure my prints were coming up in top Etsy searches, etc. But for now, I’m really just using this as a way to express myself, to meditate and to make something new.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
It’s just me in my home studio. I make linoleum and rubber block prints on paper and fabric. I’m politically engaged and a proud feminist so a lot of my work has that voice to it.
What were you like growing up?
I feel like I was a weird artsy tomboy, but I might have just have been a regular kid, trying things out. I loved to draw, I don’t remember a time when I didn’t do it. Any trip, whether just out to dinner or driving to North Carolina from Baltimore to see my cousins came equipped with sketchbooks and colored pencils.
But I also played softball, was on the swim team and danced. I also was kind of shy around new people and loud around friends and family (still true today).
- Website: www.etsy.com/shop/NightOwlPrint
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