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Kate Knight - a young Scottish designer producing high quality artwork using a vivid and positive style.




DecalGirl Interview

Kate Knight

What inspires your creativity?
I love floral design. I get really inspired by the colour transformation that takes place in nature during the changing of the seasons. I often go to the Edinburgh Botanical Gardens to take photos of the flowers. My favourite time of the year to visit the “Botanics” is springtime, when all the daffodils and cherry blossom trees are in full bloom. I am actually getting married at the gardens next May, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a lovely sunny day.

When you get stuck on a piece what do you do?
I usually have a wee break away from the work. I then start working on a new design and come back to the piece I was stuck on the following day.

How has your practice changed over time?
I think I am a bit more relaxed about my work now. I used to always be at the computer working. I now realise that sometimes if you go to a fitness class or go out for a short run, when you come back the end result is usually better.

What jobs have you done other than being an artist?
One of my first jobs was work experience at the “Ring Maker”, which is a bespoke jewellery design studio in Edinburgh. I was at high school and I loved working there - I felt so grown-up. I think it was then that I made my mind up that I wanted to be a designer of some sort.

Did everyone around you always support your career choice?
Yes, I couldn’t have asked for any more support from my family and friends. I always remember painting with my grandmother, and loving it so much. I don’t think it was a surprise to anyone when I said I wanted to go to art college. My parents have helped me more than I ever could have asked for. My dad has been an unbelievable help with the business side of my job and my mum has always been fantastic at giving me constructive criticism with regards to my designs. My mum and dad have very high standards, which is great as this has rubbed off on me.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
I think it is to believe in yourself and have confidence in your own work, because if you don’t, then no one else will.

What superpower would you have, and why?
I would love to be able to talk to animals, as I have often wondered what is going on in my cat’s head. Maybe it is better I don’t know.

What couldn’t you live without?
Water and food.

If you had to choose a spirit animal what would you be, and why?
I would choose a cat. I think cats are wise, stylish, sophisticated, and independent.

At what moment did you realize that being an artist was the path you wanted to take?
I realised at a young age, most likely some summer afternoon painting with my grandmother.

What kind of creative patterns, routines or rituals do you have?
I am a bit of a night owl. I often do my best work later in the evening. I always work listening to music which aids the creative process.

Is your art trying to communicate a message?
I just want my artwork to make people feel happy. I am not trying to create any deep and meaningful message. I want people to pick it up, and enjoy looking at a bright cheerful design.

Know any good jokes?
What do you call a donkey with three legs? A wonkey.

What are your hobbies?
Yoga is my principal hobby. My mother is a yoga teacher and I have been practicing since I was young. It helps to keep me in good shape.

What would we be surprised to learn about you?
I have recently moved to Manchester in the North West of England to live with my fiancée. I have lived in Edinburgh all my life so it’s been a big change. I am settling in really well to the Manchester Craft and Design Centre where my studio is located.

Do you have any tips or inspiring words for others?
Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.

What artwork are you most proud of and why?
I don’t have a specific favourite piece of work. I would say that I am most proud of my artwork when I see it all put up at a trade show. Fortunately I feel every trade show I do results in my stand looking better than it did the previous year. This lets me know my designs are always improving.

How do you know when a work is finished?
I often feel my designs are never really finished, as I am always making small tweaks to them. Changing one colour can have a massive effect on the overall image. As all my designs are digital, they are very easy to alter.

Apple or Windows?

What is the earliest piece of art you remember making?
I remember painting a bunch of flowers in my grandmother’s art room when I was a young girl. I was so proud of it and I remember my dad saying “ you never painted that” because it was so good.

Cats, dogs or neither?

Is a hotdog a sandwich?
No a hotdog is a hotdog.

Do people wear enough hats?
No. A hat can be the perfect accompaniment to an outfit and they can also keep you cosy in the winter.