Wednesday, June 9, 2010

♥ I heart art ♥ Kate Endle

I looked out the back door yesterday and there was a red bird sitting in my fig tree...
I have shared this before, but I will share it again - I have a thing for red birds[more].  

So, you can imagine I was delighted to come across the art of Kate Endle, birds and all ...

"I heard a bird
tell me something true
I heard a bird tell another bird I'll always love you"
-Heard a Bird, Caspar Babypants

When did you first begin creating art?
I was drawing and painting around the age of about 1-2 years old. My mom has kept all of my drawings from that time and they're pretty funny! Lots of kooky faces and funny hair dos.

What is your favorite or most sentimental creation and why?"Owls At Midnight". Right before I moved to Seattle in 1995 I had this vivid dream about white owls flying through trees in the dark. I wasn't collaging in 1995, so I didn't really have the proper outlet to express the image creatively. Once I started to collage in 2004, this was one of the first images I created.

What people/things inspire your work?
My husband has been a big source of motivation for me. He makes music for kids as Caspar Babypants and is also the lead singer for the rock band The Presidents of the United States of America. 

Recently, we've been collaborating on a children's book with music. He's lyrics are chock full of juicy fun images. I do the artwork for his album covers and that's been a real treat, too.
I also get a lot of inspiration from the clothing/home decor store, Anthropologie. I used to work there as an assist with window display. The palette, prints and objects in that place drive me crazy with inspiration! I also love Inuit, primitive and folk art.

Is there a project you have always dreamed of creating? What would it be?
I'd LOVE LOVE LOVE to work with Chronicle Books. Their products are gorgeous. I'd also love to work with Land of Nod. They, too, have great stuff.

Be sure to visit Kate's
and Caspar Babypants too!
These books and music would make great baby gifts! 
BabyJ will be receiving some for sure.