Kate Broughton shows us around her studio where she uses practical, retro items to create simple, innocent designs
Based in Nottingham, Katie makes prints and illustrated giftware inspired by her favourite things: retro furniture, gardens, holidays, allotments and cocktails! We met up with Katie to find out more about her studio
“I work full time at home, which is a one-bed flat in a converted mill in the Lace Market area of Nottingham city centre that I share with my boyfriend.
It’s been important to try to organise my work so that it doesn’t take over our home too much. The piece of furniture I couldn’t do without is the IKEA plan chest, it’s great for storing paper and prints and it’s the only piece of furniture I could find to fit the space next to our wardrobe that was the right size for keeping my A3 printer on top.
I use lots of boxes. I have to store a lot of supplies – I keep fabric and plain cotton bags in Wilkinson plastic tubs on top of the wardrobe and under the bed. Everything else is stored on shelves in plain brown IKEA cardboard boxes, so I can write the contents on the side and know where to find everything.
I wanted my desk to be next to the window – the windows are really lovely, big and bright. I like to make sure that, when I’m at my desk, I’m surrounded by things I like to look at: plants, pictures and patterns. Above my desk is a picture of my hometown drawn by my dad; I often turn to him for advice on my business.”
Check out Lisa Congdon’s studio in this week’s issue of Gathered by Mollie Makes. Out now exclusively on the iPad.