Katie says that the key to the rhythm of her days is being flexible as there are always obstacles that you have to work with when in the print room. One non-negotiable aspect of her daily routine however, is breakfast. Katie’s mornings begin at 8am and after checking her phone for any emails and notifications, she eats breakfast, which usually involves avocado or peanut butter on toast.
Contrary to a lot of students at Saint Martins, Katie wears her least favourite clothes to school. Being in the print room is messy business and she doesn’t want to ruin any of her nice things, shoes included! A staple in Katie’s daily wardrobe is a pair of “print shoes” which she keeps in her locker and changes into every morning when she gets to school, so as not to ruin the ones that she wears for the commute to and from her house each day.
A big fan of listening to the radio for company whilst she works at home, Katie claims that the key to staying inspired is looking for clues everywhere. She is perpetually tuned into her environment, describing her natural affinity for looking up, down and to all sides to find anything that may trigger an idea. Beyond finding inspiration in the fabric of the mundane comings and goings of the day-to-day, Katie looks to artists such as Patrick Caulfield, David Hockney, Martin Parr and Laura Callaghan, as she is particularly drawn to colour controlled, graphic styles. When she loses energy for what she is doing, Katie says that it always helps to take her eyes away from her work by visiting an exhibition or taking a minute outside in the fresh air with a snack.