Boston-based Katie Rodgers is one of my favourite illustrators. I first came across her when I was doing a weekly blog round-up for AOL’s StyleList, and I’ve been a regular visitor to her website PaperFashion ever since. I love how Katie chooses an image – usually from a fashion magazine or blog – and then illustrates it in her own unique style.
Katie has been on the receiving end of a number of enviable commissions of late – most recently she worked with Coach for New York’s Fashion’s Night Out where she appeared in store and illustrated a number of handbags for a line of eager customers. So, I feel very fortunate that she’s taken a moment to answer a few questions for i-am-not-a-celebrity – and to send me some of photos and illustrations as well. Enjoy.
who: Kathryn Elyse Rodgers, though most people call me Katie.
where: I grew up in Loganville, Georgia, which is definitely not the most fashionable place on earth, but I still love it. I now live and work in Boston.
what: I work at Reebok as an apparel designer during the day, and run PaperFashion (a fashion illustration blog and business) in my spare time.
why: I have always LOVED art, illustration, and fashion. I have been doing it for as long as I can remember… and it never gets old. It’s something I HAVE to do. It’s funny though, because after high school I had to decide if I wanted to major in Cello Performance or Design in college… and boy am I glad I chose Design. Although, cello is still a love of mine.
how: Mostly through experience and studying. From middle school until the end of high school, I spent every summer at Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan studying Cello or Art- and one summer at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire studying art, web design, and music. After that, I studied Industrial Design at Carnegie Mellon University (which I didn’t love) This lead me to focus on fashion. All of these experiences have definitely given me the knowledge and drive to be where I am now. I never set out to be an apparel designer, or an illustrator, but somehow I was on a path to get here. Things have definitely fallen into place so far… but it did not come easy.
anything you’d like to brag about? Hmm… I’ve never been a fan of the braggers out there, but I will say I’m proud of myself. I’m proud for getting to where I am right now. I was never the top student in college, but I had a passion for illustrating – I just didn’t realise what I could do with it until now. I never thought I’d get a job in apparel design and succeed in it (since it wasn’t what I studied)… but I am loving every minute of it. I’m proud of how far I’ve come, and how much potential there is for me to push it further.
what are you working on right now? Right now I’m working on some illustrations for a few new fashion labels. I’m also trying to revamp my website… and make it more official.
where can we find out more about you?
All images courtesy of katie rodgers.