We had the good fortune of connecting with Kate Malcolmson and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Kate, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I have always been creative, for as far back as I can remember I have loved to draw and make things. My favorite thing to draw when I was 5 was a haunted house and I loved to make faux fish tanks out of boxes. Throughout my life I would paint anything I could get my hands on and I still do. However I haven’t always pursued a creative career. In 2020 I finished my honors degree in psychology, I was in hospital after having my son and I was doing the final assignment on a laptop in my hospital bed. I wrote my last exam while still recovering from an emergency c section a few weeks later. Now with my new born son and finally finishing my degree I thought this is my chance to achieve my dream of pursuing a creative path.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Most of my art is hand drawn or painted and I have always enjoyed creating things. I had to teach myself as I was a naughty kid with adhd who generally got on my teachers nerves, one day when I was about 12 an art teacher told me I didn’t have the right attitude for art so I never thought of pursuing a career. However I couldn’t stop drawing as I always had a strong drive to make things. I always have and still do experience self doubt but I know that after over 30 years I still crave to create things so while I had time off studying to raise my son I had to try.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I live in the beautiful city of Capetown South Africa. When visiting family in America we took a road trip through the West. Arizona was my absolute favorite and completely blew my expectations out of the water. I grew up obsessed with road trip movies such as “Thelma and Louis” and later “into the wild” making me obsessed with the desert aesthetic. Before arriving in Arizona the highway motels, old gas stations, cacti, endless red mountains and a profound sense of emptiness was my impression of Arizona and often my inspiration. I was not disappointed, however what I didn’t expect was the rich history I would learn about the native American people while visiting. The cliff dwellings were an absolutely amazing surprise I did not expect. Antelope Canyon was just magnificent, I was speechless, a must see for anyone. Hiking the unbelievable red rock formations in Sedona and exploring the beautiful town was a dream come true and even though I have done it Arizona remains on my bucket list to return and explore this beautiful and mysterious place further.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My husband Kean has been holding the fort while I take this time off from studying and working to raise our son and to explore my dream career. I couldn’t do it without him. I hand draw everything and one thing hindering me was my lack of knowledge in the digital department. He has taken it upon himself to learn how to digitise my art on the computer thus allowing me to get my designs on clothing, accessories, homedecor and more. He brought me and my art into the 21st century haha. He has always supported my dreams and believed in me so a massive shout out to him.

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