30 September 2016
Designer Spotlight: Katie Jardine
visit storeWhen I was little, I remember sitting in the backyard amongst my Dad’s treasures making a little house out of some rusty bits of steel. I then painted the outside with little doors and windows. This was the moment when I realised I love making things. Making something out of nothing - from paper, clay, cement, wire, fabric or tin. I wanted to be a maker.
Hi, my name is Katie Jardine, and my shop is my name. I really cheated using my name as I just couldn’t decide on a name that summed everything up! I am a mum to 3 wonderful boys and have a busy husband who builds farm fences and also farms. We live in rural Victoria in the middle of a paddock full of open spaces.
I create art for walls, wearable, decorative and party by making prints, handpainted necklaces, brooches, paperweights and invitations. In the last six months, I have really focused on my MadeIt store by introducing the invitations. I love seeing my art being used for everyday people, not just in books and advertising.
My making journey officially began in university where I studied to be a Graphic Designer. I worked as a designer for a while but I didn’t love staring at the computer screen all day. I wanted to experience life beyond the computer and use my hands and focus on my illustration. So I began working as a self-employed Graphic Designer and Illustrator. It gives me the flexibility to do what I love everyday!
Although some days I feel like I am constantly juggling life as a mother, wife, designer, illustrator and shop owner, I love it all. I love to explore different forms of art. Recently I explored printmaking with linocuts and etching. I missed using clay but it needs to be fired with a kiln which I don’t have, so cement seemed to be the next best thing and started using it. Cement is nothing like clay to work with, but I am enjoying exploring its possibilities. The beauty of working from home is that I have many places to be creative. The finished product is normally created on my Mac computer, but the initial creative scribbly stage created in one of my many drawing journals can be while sitting on our veranda with our pet Labrador, Mesha, or waiting in the car to pick the boys up from school.
I feel so privileged being part of the MadeIt Designer Spotlight as I love reading other creative journeys through the Designer Spotlight and have found everyone to be such an inspiration. I love to buy handmade, and more importantly, Australian made. Just knowing that I am helping out another creative person makes my heart so happy.
I feel like I am constantly discovering what it is that I am meant to be doing and what people want. I find I have way too many ideas in my head and I just don’t have enough time in the day to get everything done. But I am trying really hard to mark all my projects off my impossibly long list… with the possible addition one day of adding something made out of tin and maybe some of my characters recreated as toys to my shop. That would be wonderful!
But maybe ask me in another 20 years and see how I am going and I am sure I will still have a crazy big list of ideas. But oh what fun!
Visit Katie Jardine’s Store to find art prints and decorations: Katiejardine