Kate is a Sydney-based Illustrator & Designer specialising in botanical illustration. She is a proud member of Illustrators Australia and Women Who Draw. Kate’s portfolio is predominantly flora and fauna illustrations, abstract botanical paintings, & modern botanical pattern designs.
Kate's love for art and design began when she was a child. She studied Fine Art at High School and then at the University of Warwick as part of her BA (Hons) History of Art Degree. Kate has a background in Advertising Sales and Client Service. After having three children, she re-trained in Graphic Design in 2014 at CATC Design School, Sydney. During this period, Kate rediscovered how much she loved creating illustrations and designs. Kate works from her studio at home in Sydney, and when she's not drawing, she is busy being Mum to her three children and dog, Axel, the Whippet.
INSPIRATION, PROCESS & MEDIA
Kate's passion for botanicals began as a child growing up in the Kent countryside in England and visiting the wildflower fields. Her mother and grandparents were all avid gardeners and grew up with gardens filled with English roses, foxgloves, honeysuckle, peonies...Since moving to Australia in her 20s, she became fascinated by the more sculptural Australian Native flora. She particularly loves studying Australian Native Botanicals, and her signature style uses dip pen and ink. All Kate's ink drawings are drawn freehand following lots of sketches. Kate also draws from life - it's really important to her to try and capture the essence of the flowers she draws. She works closely with her local florists in Sydney to source her botanicals to draw. When drawing from life is impossible, Kate takes photos of local flora from National Parks, Coastal walks and the Royal Botanical Gardens. She loves the imperfections and unpredictability of working with dip pen and ink; it can take several goes to perfect a design. Her illustrations have bold lines and a mixture of realism and imagination. Other media Kate uses include graphite pencil, watercolours, acrylic paint as well as digital rendering.
BESPOKE DESIGN WORK
In addition to her illustration work, Kate works with businesses on bespoke design. She specialises in branding with a hand-crafted style and incorporates her gorgeous hand-drawn botanical elements. Kate can help you with anything from business card design to promotional fliers. Kate understands the importance of building relationships with clients and customers. Most importantly, she works professionally and efficiently, works to deadlines, and communicates effectively.
KATE'S WORK ONLINE
You can see Kate's illustrations and read more about her at the following sites:
Illustrators Australia | Illustrators Australia
Instagram | @kategdesigns
Women Who Draw | Women Who Draw
Etsy | KateGrebertDesigns
For commissions, licensing or collaborations, click on the button below to contact Kate.