About

Welcome! As you can see, this is not a blog about seeds or fruit. It’s about creativity, beauty, design, and the cross-pollination of ideas.

The inspiration for Seeds and Fruit came from my lifelong love of art and design. I like understanding how creative people think and what inspires them, whether those things have a direct impact on their work or just make them happy. I also know that artists can take the smallest gesture or the most random impulse and turn it into an entire series of work. The creative mind and the quest for beauty and personal expression fascinate me.
 
Beyond this, we talk about the business of art and design. I often ask the creative people I profile about how they got started and what turning points they’ve experienced along the way. You’ll see a discussion of themes like instinct, perseverance, experimentation, encouragement, mentorship, vision, and even failure.
 
Part of my preparation for doing this blog came from my background in high-tech marketing, where I reveled in regular interaction with creative minds in graphic design, advertising and public relations and where I honed my skills writing all manner of marketing for print and web as well as business summaries to solicit venture capital. More recently, I discovered I love interviewing entrepreneurs about their businesses for a local newspaper and telling the story behind the business.
 
But what I think best prepared me were the countless fashion and design magazines I collected and poured over as a kid. With no budget to buy such magazines, I collected these treasures during my volunteer work at a Greenpeace recycling station. I knew every issue, every layout, every interview. And even then, I wanted to know who designed that shoe, who took that photograph, and how did it all come about. Though my having 10+ years of Vogue and other magazines in my bedroom drove my mother crazy, it planted a seed that only today’s blogging technology would help sprout. I now get to interview amazing people around the world about a wide range of creative work, and along the way inspire my readers in their own creative pursuits.
 
Thank you to all the artists who make this world a better place, and thank you to my readers for supporting their work. Stay tuned for some cool interviews, and let me know what you think!
 

Kathryn

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maria august 02.13.09 at 4:20 pm

kathy, this site looks beautiful. you have such a good eye. congrats!! maria

Jetty Plooy 02.16.09 at 4:25 pm

Love this blog!

Mike O'Grady 02.26.09 at 1:17 pm

Kathy,
What an attractive site. We just never know how much our earlier life experiences might be foundations for new avenues of interest and performance. Often, negatives are transformed into positives. And, the rest of us are enjoying your transformation!
Thank you for sharing your positive experiences with us.

Russell Quimby 03.04.09 at 5:24 pm

Great Site. Interesting content, Great work Kathy!

Alisa 03.11.09 at 2:55 pm

This is a great site, Kathy. The work is great, too. I’ve always been fascinated by artistic expression. Glad there is a place to go to discover such creative spirits. Congrats.

EM 04.06.09 at 9:46 pm

Kathy,
This is great! I loved reading the interviews with the variety of artists…such fascinating and beautiful people, and you really know how to get them to open up. The site is beautiful and put together so nicely. Congrats! I can’t wait to keep reading!

Chelann 04.16.09 at 2:22 pm

Hi Kath,
Fantastic blog. It looks amazing. Your most recent interview with David Trubridge in so interesting. Loved learning more about his work. I am so excited to read more. Love it. A true labor of love. Love C.

Judy 05.10.09 at 9:57 am

Kathy,

Love this site. It exposes me to a variety of artists in a variety of fields. Each week is like a trip to a museum.

Judy

Mike O'Grady 06.01.09 at 5:54 pm

Amazing! He really just used his iPhone?
My favoriate Xoan iPhone art piece is the fireflies. I’m reminded of our lake house back in Fort Worth.

Jennifer Kenney 06.09.09 at 10:58 am

Wow, what a beautiful and inspiring site, I will definintely share this with my friends. Congratulations!
Jennifer

Itauma 08.23.09 at 7:35 pm

Very nice site Kathy. Good taste in choice of creative professionals.

Diana 08.27.09 at 8:45 am

You’ve done it again! Fantastic work! I love that I can say, “I knew you when…” :) Diana

jaunty magpie 09.03.09 at 3:46 pm

Your blog of inspirations has inspired me! Really lovely collection of artistic finds and I loved the Maia Kalman interview. I’ve added you to my links page so that I can keep up with your discoveries.

cheering 09.23.09 at 7:39 am

thank you .
i can find beauty becuase of you!
thanks!!

Mike O'Grady 11.19.09 at 6:23 pm

Okay. Now you’ve done it…you’ve forced me to relish in the memory of my association with one of the most inspirational pioneers in architectural design of well known projects. I’m talking about Phillip Johnson.
In High School, I became aware of the beautiful designs of several development projects by Philip. Then, later in college, I actually got to meet and dine with the man a few times. It still baffles me how such a powerful person could seem to be just like one of us.
I frankly didn’t realize how larger-than-life Philip was until, after college, when I was employed with a developer in Houston, Texas, where I met him again. Still a humble but powerful man was he.

Alisa 03.04.10 at 2:07 pm

Hey Kathy,
OK. So i was so excited by the jewelry featured on your site today that I called the studio to find out whether they were selling to any stores in Seattle. They said tthey are just in the midst of doing so, so I am super excited. In the meantime, Im planning to order a couple pieces from their website. Thanks again for sharing more inspiring and very cool art and artists! Seattle will be a great market for them.
Alisa

Shannon 03.28.11 at 12:36 pm

Hi Kathy,
Have you heard of a company called Tea? I did a search to see if you had already profiled them, but couldn’t find anything. They make children’s and women’s clothing–they seem right up your alley because the designers travel around the world looking for inspiration. For example, the new collection includes fabrics inspired by tiles found in the city of Barcelona. I love the idea of my kids wearing clothing inspired by glances of beauty found around the world. I believe they also contribute part of their profits to children’s causes.
Take care,
Shannon

Budji3 08.26.11 at 11:59 pm

Hi Katy,
I just discovered your wonderful blog yesterday, am wondering why have you not hbeen blogging lately? Or am I missing the other newer pages??? Reading all the other pages made me want more… Please write so more, your blog has taken me to many wonderful and inspirational creative people and directions. Thanks for sharing all these to us.
Hoping all is well with you,
Budji

admin 08.31.11 at 4:35 pm

Thanks, Budji! I’ve been juggling some book projects and am hoping to get back to posting more regularly soon. Thanks so much for checking out all the interviews with these amazing artists and designers. – Kathy

Rannie 09.13.11 at 12:10 am

Hi Kathryn,

I’ve just found your blog when I searched for info about Wanderlust for my blog. I love it. It’s very fresh and stylish and it has journalism news value packaged in very attractive writing. I love it! I’ve just started my blog about Siem Reap as I’ve just moved here 2 months ago. I hope you can check-it out and share your constructive comments & inputs. This non-commercial/non-profit blog is only about Siem Reap and what’s all in it, with the hope in time many people know more about Siem Reap and visit here to experience it as well as helping the local people here in any way they can. My blog has more photography (which I’ve also just started to learn) and just a little bit of random writing as info. I hope you enjoy it! http://www.expatontheblock.wordpress.com.
Cheers,
Rannie

heather koopman 09.15.11 at 1:56 pm

Hi Kathy,
Loved your in-depth article on Rex Ray and thought you would be interested in his four colorful new wall decals from Blik. Take a look: http://createsend.com/t/y-3CF3AF65FA5EC278

admin 09.15.11 at 2:01 pm

Hi Heather – Thanks for the note about the Rex Ray decals! I love them and will post something on the Rex Ray page. Also watch for Volume Two of my Field Trip book series, which includes an updated interview with Rex Ray (coming late 2011). – Kathy

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