Katie Kirk: Alice

Released Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Alice, by Katie Kirk.
15% of the sale of this print goes to Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation.

Katie Kirk is a graphic designer and illustrator living and working in Minneapolis, Minnesota. With a love of vector art and patterns, Katie is always in the mood to scheme, collaborate and create. Together with her husband, Nathan Strandberg, they started EightHourDay, a multi-disciplinary, multi-talented design boutique. Most often found either at the studio, the dog park or an antique shop, they aspire for the designed life(style) - a place where work, life and inspiration are all equal and integrated organically. EightHourDay's work has been recognized by PDN Magazine, Print Magazine, HOW, and Communication Arts, among others.

About the print:
Alice in Wonderland is so fun. I love the story, the Disney cartoon; I even loved the TV mini series done in the 80’s (does anybody else remember this?!). It’s amazing how one story can resonate with so many people and inspire so many artists. With the new movie out by Tim Burton I felt a particular need to create something myself.

This is a digital print using an Epson Stylus Pro 3800.


What has inspired you recently?
The warm weather in Minneapolis - yay! I'm excited for spring and the chance to get outside and explore!

Why did you choose to pair the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation with your print?
I love listening to music when I'm illustrating, and I played the viola as a kid. I think that music, and learning about music is important, especially at a young age.

How have you seen art transform the world around you?
I feel like I've been seeing more and more charity and art events and sites like this one. It's exciting to see art making a difference.

If you could pick one artist to mentor you, who would it be?
Eyvind Earle. Although our styles are quite different, I adore his ability to capture a feeling and a scene and an emotion so fully. Plus his body of work is astounding.

Who are some artists you think people should know about?
Eyvind Earle, Charley Harper, Alexander Girard, Frank Chimero, Jessica Hische, Lab Partners, Sanna Annukka and Steven Harrington to name a few...

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