Meet Kate of The Dapper Jackalope
Boise, Idaho. But I grew up in lovely Bozeman, MT!
What do you make?
A self-taught artist, I use a wide variety of mediums--from watercolor, to straight up Crayola crayon-- to make art that gets us all thinking like kids again! After years and years of margin-doodles, I graduated with my Master's in Literature in 2013 and found myself working awful job after awful job. Finally, a dear friend and I were standing in my house looking at a couple pieces I'd made just for fun and hung on the wall, and he turned to me, handed me a twenty dollar bill, and said, " Well, if this is what it's going to take to get you to do this, I want prints of these two and I want them within a week." (He's a good friend.) Something clicked, and I met that deadline. That was in April of 2014, and since then, I've expanded into a full line of prints and cards, shipped work to retailers a crossed the country, and published my first book with Penguin Random House ( a creative journal called You're Weird) in July 201. I still can't believe I get to do this for a living!
Where do you create?
My recording engineer husband and I both have studios in our house, a cozy midcentury home here in Boise. My studio is in the second bedroom and he is in the basement, and though working at home has its ups (lunch breaks together, pajama work dates) and downs (tiny scraps of paper everywhere, and oh my word, the drums), the pros far outweigh the cons and we feel really lucky to work for ourselves in a lovely house in a great city!
What else have you done, other than being an artist?
Other than being an artist, I've worked in couple public libraries, taught English to high school students in Greece and writing to college students in Idaho, and held a few other somewhat random positions with non-profits and other organizations and companies, but my first paying job way back in high school was at Cashman's Nursery! ( I watered the giant back lot of trees and once fell spectacularly into a giant pile of fertilizer in front of some of the cute college guys on the lanscaping crew.)
What inspires you?
Being completely enamored with the natural world, inspiration often pops up unexpectedly when I'm looking up a certain creature or place just out of curiosity. Once I've identified something worth exploring (which is everything, it turns out), my job as an illustrator is to ask, "What if?" and bring that possibility to the page. (It's an awesome job.)
What's the hardest thing about being an artist?
The hardest thing about being an artist is the vulnerability required by so many aspects of the job, but I always try to reframe my thinking into feeling lucky that I get to share my work instead scared to do so. We live in a world where there are so many opportunities to share what we're making, and though that can feel like pressure at times, it's almost a blessing instead of a curse!
How do you combat creative blocks?
Long walks and Wes Anderson films. When put to work one after another, they're nearly unstoppable creative block-busters.
What makes you feel alive?
Running, being outside, and maybe most of all, having an idea for a new piece. I've been known to suddenly shout random words that make zero sense to my husband and make our dog jump when I get an idea, and once it's in my head, I pretty much have to go into the studio and start making it happen. I feel like an art adrenaline junkie sometimes, but it gets the job done and puts a ridiculous, gigantic grin on my face--I love it!
Who (or what or where) warms your heart?
My rad husband Nate is my world, and I also know I'm in good company as a dog owner with the gals at Hattie Rex. Our pup Andie (short for Andouille, as she was a severely overweight rescue who really resembled an actual sausage when we got her) is pretty good at warming everything form our heartsto her favorite spot on the couch. Of course, she proudly sports a Hattie Rex name tag too!