Katie Guthrie

The Creative Unconscious: What's your name, age, and professional title? Where are you currently employed?

Katie Guthrie: Katie Guthrie, 31, Artist & Illustrator, self employed freelancer. 

TCU: What hobbies do you have outside of your professional field that keep you inspired and motivated to generate personal work? How do they inspire you?

KG: Snowboarding is a huge passion of mine and one that has had a heavy influence on how I live my life and the way I think.  A day up the mountain is the perfect remedy to an overwhelmed mind and offers me a sense of clarity amongst all the noise. When I'm not up a mountain or in the studio I'll be checking out as many exhibitions as I can and attending local workshops and/or events as this is a great form of inspiration and chatting to fellow creatives who get excited about making stuff is always contagious. 

TCU: Do you have a hard time balancing being a creative professional and generating personal work that you're proud of?

KG: Since becoming freelance I've definitely noticed it's more difficult to find the time to create personal work as commissions obviously need to take priority. I try to allocate certain days of my week towards commissions and other days or evenings for my personal work and this works out ok most of the time. I tend to find I spend a lot of my time for work glued to my computer so I need those personal days in the print studio or painting a wall to fulfill the hands on side of me. I just love to get my hands dirty.  

TCU: What time of day do you feel the most creative? What about the most productive?

KG: I'm definitely a night owl so feel more inspired to create work late in the evening until the early hours which can be exhausting if it needs to be followed up with a day in the studio finishing up projects but I've always been that way ever since I was a student so I've learned how to deal with it. I tend to have more distractions during the day such as emails to catch up on or having to sort my son out so the night time is my time to switch off from life, focus and churn out work. 

TCU: What are your creative goals for the future?

KG: To work on as many amazing and diverse projects as possible! At the moment I'm obsessed with learning how to animate some of my illustrations so I'll be thrilled once I achieve this. I also really want to create a book for toddlers. I love how this specific age group focuses more on their own reactions to the visual content rather than the storyline. It's really interesting to think about the ways you could spark their imagination with characters or colours. Aside from all of that I also really want to paint on a lot more walls. So yeah, as many things as possible!

TCU: Are you working on any personal projects right now? If so, can you share a little bit about your inspiration and your creative process?

KG: Yeah I'm working on a couple personal projects at the moment. First of all a collaborative project 'Slobs and Blobs' producing screen printed Rappin' Paper featuring some of our favourite rappers as well as offensive greeting cards. I'm also working on a series of collaborative risograph prints with a bunch of different artists and designers, my plan is to create one print a month in a small edition.

TCU: What scares you?

KG: My work not growing or evolving. I'm still learning constantly and feel like I have a long way to go before really discovering and defining my own personal style and way of working. I'm definitely my own worse critic and can be a lot harder on myself than necessary but at the same time I think this is what continues to push me. 

TCU: What does success mean to you?

KG: Enjoying the work that I produce professionally and personally and being able to afford to work on side projects. 

TCU: Anything else you want to add?

KG: Getting old is a privilege so slap a smile on your face and go after everything you want to achieve in life. Screw the haters. Eat a load of pizza. 


You can learn more about Katie and see more of her rad work at www.kmgyeah.com.