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Artist: Kate J. ReedShe/Her/Hers

Artistic Discipline: Fashion, Visual
Location: Spokane, WA

Party Krill is an illustration and surface design brand that values play, pretty things, and rough edges. All work is based on Kate Reed’s illustration, inspired by the fringes of her imagination and the occasional google search for images of “hippos sitting like dogs.”

Kate runs her website named Party Krill. On her website, you are able to purchase pretty and playful wrapping paper, greeting cards, and art prints. Her work will soon be available in local shops. You can sign up for her newsletter to keep updated on new releases and partnerships!

Party Krill was started with the classic story of someone looking for the perfect card and not being able to find one. That person was Kate and she wanted something a little pretty, a little funny, and little rough around the edges. Oh, yeah, and recyclable. So she started making cards and party invitations for her friends. At the time, she was working as a development director at a non-profit, a fulfilling and challenging job.

But when she had her second child, she thought about her dreams for her kids. She asked that big, scary, can’t-turn-back-from question: “Is this what I dreamed for my life?” She wanted her kids to grow up knowing that having kids did not mean abandoning your dreams, and she figured the best way to pass on that knowledge was to live it herself. Over the next few years, she started drawing and painting every night when the kids went to bed, taught herself Illustrator and Photoshop, and eventually quit her job to found Party Krill. She’s not afraid to be in a bit over her head and craves a little challenge.

Kate (Party Krill) is available for art licensing and various illustration services, including editorial work.