The wonderful katie of What katie found sent me a couple of wonderful creations….i decided an interview was in order to find out what inspires this wonderful creator of thrifted goodies and hand-made creations.
Just so we can all get to know you tell me a little bit about yourself ?
I was born Katie Louise Firmin back in the Spring of 1986, in a Bedfordshire town named Lu’on (or Luton to non-natives). I lived a life of choosing creativity over logic throughout school, and flew the nest to Nottingham in 2005 to embark on a degree in Fine Art. I now live in Leicester, still with the mentality of a Fine Artist, but also with the desire to learn lots of traditional techniques and skills.
What was the inspiration behind what katie found?
I have appreciated handmade things for a long time, and would often see things at craft fairs, in shops and online, and think “I should be doing this”. I had a huge stash of vintage craft books, regularly brought craft magazines, and had bags of fabric just sitting in our spare room. I was really lacking confidence in my own skills, but with some money that I had received for my 24th birthday last year, I thought it was time to change that, and went and brought a mini sewing machine. I started by making things that I liked from my books and magazines, then started to develop my own designs and ideas. I didn’t set out with What Katie Found with intentions of using mostly recycled and vintage fabrics and materials, it just sort of, happened 🙂 I have a real passion for all things vintage though, and I’m very nostalgic. My creations are really an extension of myself and the things I love, and I love how by recycling things means that whatever you purchase has some history and a story attached to it.
what inspires you?
Things that Nans like; crochet, doilies, flowers, baking and porcelain ornaments. The nostalgic attached to growing up in the late 1980s/early 1990s, surrounded by Ladybird books, wooden puzzles and fuzzy felt.
How long have you been creating things?
I have been making for as long as I can remember (as all creative types say!) and I have always loved to make a mess! In high school I went through a phase of making bracelets from safety pins, so have been interested in the idea of recycling and using things out of context for quite some time.
where do you find your fabric for your buttons and jigsaw pieces??
I literally have four huge boxes of fabric and another two smaller boxes which are scraps! Wherever I am, I am on the look out for pretty fabrics, be it a table cloth, a dress, curtains or bedding. A lot of my fabric is sourced from car boot sales, jumble sales and charity shops, but equally, a lot of it has been given to be by my Nan, my sister and even friends of friends of friends!
The same goes for my jigsaw pieces and books, I’m like a magpie and am always on the look out for interesting things. The general rule is that, if my boyfriend Steve hates it, it’s a winner!
Your creations are painstakingly detailed it is amazing how long would it take you to finish the pieces? like the wonderful felt polaroid camera?
I work in a slightly random way, just doing what I feel like at that moment, for example, some days all I want to do is cut out fabric and other times it’s drilling (actually, there is a chance that these activities are related to my mood perhaps!?). So on this basis, it’s a little hard to predict how long it takes in total as things are completed in stages. A polaroid brooch probably takes me about 45 minutes from start to finish.
what do you like doing when you aren’t making beautiful creations?
Going to the seaside! I live in Leicester, but have dreams of one day living by the sea. I am currently attending a short dress making course (which I have been revealing the progress of on my blog every Thursday), because I yearn to be able to make my own dresses! I also love cooking and baking, when I have time! I have also developed quite a severe addiction to Pinterest and my own real life scrap book (you can’t beat a bit of cut and stick!). I love to draw boring things too, like plug sockets, chairs and radiators and you will often find me in the local charity shops and at car boot sales!
How long have you been creating for what katie found?
What Katie Found has been around for just over a year, I started up my first online shop in April 2010.
where do you see yourself this time next year?
All I really hope for is that I can continue to make, and I have lots and lots of new ideas which I have just not found time for yet! I hope that people continue to love, buy and appreciate my work and carry on reading my blog. I would like to attend more vintage and craft fairs, meet new people and possibly find some retailers who would like to stock some of my pieces.
I found that katie’s creations are wonderfully hand-made the attention for detail is perfect, my favorite piece is the polaroid camera it is the perfect pin, quirky and individual perfect for the retro camera lover.
Katie has been lovely and has offered my readers 10% off there next purchase if you enter the code ELLAMASTERS into the discount section of her etsy.
you can find katie’s creations here….