RESEARCH: TOP 9 + TOP 3, PAPER BASED DESIGN COMPANY – KATHARINE WATSON

TOP 9 + TOP 3

Katharine Watson is an artist and printmaker currently based in Vermont, USA, who started her own printmaking business in 2009, as a way to bring her block printed design to stationery and home good. Katharine primarily works with linoleum block printing, with her favourite party of the process being the carving of the blocks, which is done entirely by hand. Her designs are mainly inspired by botanical patterns and decorative arts inspired by the world around us. I first discovered Katharine whilst search on Pinterest and went to her website to check out her other designs and Etsy selling page. All of her products are hand printed in either a block colour or using metallic inks, in her studio using her hand carved designs ready to be sold online. Her website doesn’t state whether or not she uses eco-friendly inks or cards, although where she printed so many by hand her wastage should hopefully be minimal. Although she is not a Textile designer as such, I find her simplistic one-colour block prints fascinating and something that I’d love to try and have a go at and incorporate into my own work.

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