Thursday, July 14, 2011

Love this: Kate Thomas for Little Things Studio

I know Design*Sponge recently posted about this Etsy shop, but I just loved Little Things Studio so much that I had to share about them here, too. I actually wanted to interview her for a Living Colors post, but she is clearly swamped after that Design*Sponge coverage. Good for her though! Maybe I should've waited to post on this and tried though...well, I'll kick myself later, this was just too good to sit on!

Kate Thomas has a diverse portfolio ranging from abstract art, advertising campaigns, and even a magazine spread for Patty Griffin (love her!). She also writes a nice blog you should check out -lots of great links to her talented friends from far and wide. I'm so curious to see where she goes in the future!
I really love her pattern designs. Look at the colors and shapes! They really remind me of a lot of things I like: feedsack prints from the 20's and 30's, Bauhaus lines, Art Nouveau themes, and rootsy, folksy designs. They also remind me of the paper that lined the insides of the old books on my grandparents' shelves -and yet they're decidedly fresh and modern looking!
It's hard for me to imagine a quote I'd actually hang on my walls now that I no longer live in a dorm room, but I have to say that Kate definitely classes things up a bit not only with her designs, but also her choice of quotes. Quotes from A.A. Milne (Winnie-the-Pooh) paired with her designs make for a sophisticated print in a child's room or something unexpected in your hallway.
But the quotes I love best are lines from traditional hymns. I know it may seem kind of throw-back to like hymns, but I do. My mom used to sing them to me when I was little and I just have so many positive associations with the classic hymns, from my childhood through my adulthood. 
When I read their lyrics I see great theology, when I sing them I feel like I'm singing the same things others who share that theology have sung through the ages and around the world. There is a depth to them. See? I love hymns!

I think I'm going to have to buy this last print. I love the design, but I love the song even more. It's one we chose to sing at our wedding. Love that.

If you like what you're seeing, check out Kate Thomas' Little Things Studio Etsy shop, website/blog and portfolio.

What about you? Are you a fan of prints with quotes? Does a little go a long way? Or do you just have them everywhere for inspiration? Any other hymn lovers out there?


Monica said...

I love Joyful, Joyful. I can't say that I am a religious person but that song speaks to me.
Might me shocking, but I don't read Design Sponge regularly. So I haven't seen anything about this Etsy shop. The print that you have your eye on is particularly lovely and of course since it was part of your wedding - perfect for you. Great shop and thanks for sharing.

Allison said...

Really love the link! But I didn't find our wedding song... sigh.

I'm definitely thinking that this could so totally work in your living room somewhere, the colors are just right, oder?

Juliette said...

@Allison- They ARE, aren't they? Good point. I'll have to point that out to the husband, ha!

btw- I wonder if you could ask her to do a custom one for your song...? Hm... She just agreed to do an artist interview, so I'll have to PS that onto the interview Qs! =)

Allison said...

Oh, BTW... congrats on 100!

Kelly said...

I love "For the Beauty of the Earth," too. Such a perfect wedding song. (I think they sang that in the sweet little outdoor wedding in Little Women.)

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