Etsy Interview with The Wheatfield

Thursday, February 4, 2010

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I'm SO excited to be introducing you to The Wheatfield today!
I am in utter awe of her combination of crisp typography and whimsical flowing watercolor. And the artist's name is almost as cute as her work!
Meet, Katie Daisy...

Etsy Shop: The Wheatfield
Website: katie daisy

Tell us a bit about yourself, Katie.
Hello! My name is Katie Daisy and I am an illustrator/designer/typographer originally from a little farm in Illinois. Currently, I'm living in Minneapolis, Minnesota about to move into a sweet little cottage. However, it's best not to keep tabs on my whereabouts! My sweetie and I like to up & leave whenever we feel moved to!

Although I'm situated in the busy city, country life is really what drives me to create. I find inspiration in simple things -- hikes through the woods, wild chamomile, a sunny creek, a big patch of clover... I absolutely love being in nature, and I think my work is a reflection of that.

Just nine months ago, I graduated from the Minneapolis College of Art & Design with a BFA in illustration. Like many, I was stumped what I wanted to do with my education. I have since decided that I will commit myself to freelancing, running my Etsy shop, and getting my work in boutiques around the globe. Luckily, the effort has paid off, and I am now busier than ever! I love being able to support myself through my artwork. It's a dream!

After getting established in the next few years, I plan on returning to the country to enjoy early-morning strolls around the pasture, and long catnaps in the afternoon sun...

What 5 words would you use to describe yourself?

Tell us a bit about your shop.
I opened The Wheatfield in October of 2008. I created it with the intent of getting a wider audience for my artwork and inspiring others around the world.

In my shop, I primarily have colorful posters with uplifting, simple messages. I am in love with hand lettering! The Wheatfield is about simplicity and kindness. Love your neighbor and love yourself.

I have many goals for my shop, but the biggest is to inspire others. Whether it be through a print that says "Be Kind To Others," or a rendering of spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle -- I want people to feel good about life.

What 5 words would you use to describe your shop?

What are your 5 favorite websites?
Dancing Elephant Studio
Early Bird Acres
Luke Redfield (my folk-singer sweetheart!)
Cafe Cartolina

What are your 5 favorite Etsy shops?
While Owl
Stout Woodworks
Spread the Love
Golly Bard
Giant Dwarf

What advice would you give other Etsy sellers?
Dive in! Have faith in yourself, and dream big. Life is too short to not do what you love...

Anything else you would like to share?
After months of moving around, I am finally setting up my own studio! Stay tuned to my flickr page for pics :)