I’ve added and updated some things to the site!
My resume is updated with a new link to the pretty PDF version. There’s a new line under “Freelance Clients” for the two Featured Menus I’ve done for the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale’s Café. Images of those are on the Graphic Design page. It’s been a while since I’ve updated that one, and it feels good. The Save the Date and Invitation designs I did for one of my good high school friend’s wedding have also been added to that page! (Major congrats to them, it was a beautiful and fun wedding)
Work at Whole Foods Market Plantation has been busy with fall chalk illustrations and decorations! We put colorful leaf stickers and pennants all over the store in an attempt to disguise the fact that we live in Florida and fall leaves don’t actually exist here. See my latest on the Signage page, and keep checking back for the gorgeous Halloween stuff we’re working on.
In case I continue my less-than-frequent updates to this site, follow me on Instagram @kat_man_dee for up to the minute pics of art. My cat and whatever beer I’m drinking also make appearances.
I created a new banner for the site. It has… banners. #putabanneronit
Cersei is next, and Melisandre is in planning stages. After I finish those two I’ll be starting a new series in a similar style, but of lady musical artists.
Also, since my last blog post I’ve added another new page for the in-store chalkboard signage I do for Whole Foods Market Plantation. This August it will have been a year since I moved from Ohio to Florida to start this position. I’m looking forward to another year down here – it will be busy, as my store will be relocating and opening up in a brand new building.
Some other minor changes include an updated resume file for anyone interested in hiring me for freelance, or perhaps a dream job in a breathtaking mountainous location.
Just posting to point out that I finished the first five of my “Ladies of Game of Thrones” fabric portrait series. I made a page just for them, and uploaded them to my Society6 page for purchasing prints.
The first five are Ygritte, Brienne, Daenerys, Arya, and Sansa. Possibly in the future I will add Cersei, Margaery, and Melisandre, and eventually the Dornish women who haven’t appeared in the show yet. But it’s time for a break, at least to make a killer Halloween costume. My job is the coolest: there’s a team member costume contest. We’re encouraged to wear costumes to work. Glorious.
My new job is going well! It’s a lot of fun and awesome being around great food all the time. So many cooking ideas!
It also requires I get up SUPER EARLY. But then I have some afternoon and all evening to work on my personal art, so here’s my favorite piece so far, and my favorite GoT Lady: Sansa Stark.
“I wish I had had the balls to chop off all my hair and move to Florida at your age,” said my stylist as she cut a 10 to 12-inch ponytail from the back of my head.
I’ve never considered myself a “ballsy” person. In fact, I hate that term. Why are testicles a symbol of strength? Think about it.*
But if cutting off a foot of my hair, or accepting a job in a state I haven’t even visited in years and in which I have no friends or relatives seems brave to people, I guess that’s cool. I will admit I am really nervous about this. But also really excited. I’ve been offered a full-time job making graphic an illustrated signage, a position I’ve been working toward and interviewing for in several locations lately. The location near Fort Lauderdale, Florida was the one to offer me the position, and it’s hard to say no when someone says your art work is awesome and they want to hire you because of it.
I’ve been meaning to get a new haircut for a while now. This seemed like a good reason to go ahead and do it. I liked my long hair, but it can be a mess and get caught in stuff – literally, I shut the car door on it at least once. I am donating the ponytail to Wigs 4 Kids. In high school when I cut my long hair off I sent it to Locks of Love, so I wanted to try a lesser-known charity this time.
So a week from now I’ll be headed down from Ohio to my new home to find an apartment and start my new job. Hopefully once I get settled I can still make art in my spare time. I’ve designed the Sansa piece of my Game of Thrones series, and it’s gonna be awesome. But I think it will take me a long time to sew together with all this happening.
It’s also been a while since I’ve experienced the climate. I prefer warm weather to cold, but I never thought I’d go so far south. I’ve been trying to research hurricanes with a “be prepared” mindset, and not “oh god panic panic.”
Anyone know if Florida has good craft beers?
Send me good vibes!