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.
Katharine lives in Portland, Maine with her husband Joe. The converted barn behind their home is now a studio space where Katharine spends much of her time creating. When she’s not in the studio, she can be found out on the water or in the garden with her two dogs. Shop her cards and ceramics, find a stockist near you, or sign up to learn block printing!
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.