With her love of block printing deeply rooted in its history and craftsmanship, Katharine Watson is inspired by the process of creating work by hand. She celebrates the imperfect, one-of-a-kind look of handmade items in all her work.
She begins with sketches of her signature floral patterns, then carves them into linoleum blocks and prints the designs onto stationery, textiles, and other usable goods. It's Katharine's way of preserving the traditions behind the craft. It's her way of passing it on from her own home, to yours.
Based in a converted barn behind her home, Katharine lives and works in Portland, Maine, with her husband and business partner, Joe. When they aren't working in the studio, they can be found out on the water, eating Maine oysters, or working in the garden with their two dogs.
The History of the Brand
Katharine studied printmaking in college, and began to appreciate the art form as a way to bring her designs to everyday goods.
After graduating from Kenyon College, Katharine took an internship at the Textile Museum in Washington, D.C. She soon launched her eponymous brand, originally headquartered in the one-bedroom apartment she and Joe shared.
Today, Katharine Watson sells original art, goods, and prints through retail, wholesale, licensing, and custom design. Katharine's work has been featured in Vogue and Martha Stewart Living, and she has worked with companies such as the Metropolitan Museum and Chronicle Books, among many others. Katharine prides herself on running a small-batch, one-of-a-kind operation at every turn.