Artist of the Week: Kristen Drozdowski
" I also take a lot of inspiration from nature, deep processes of self-inquiry and reflection, mind-body practices, and my relationship to myself and the world around me."
Presenting our Kindred Artist of the Week series! We are big fans of all the artists we work with and we are so excited to share their stories!
This week we are featuring Kristen Drozdowski of Worthwhile Paper. Kristin has done the emotional and artistic work behind the goods that inspire us daily to get to know ourselves and celebrate the worthwhile details, no matter how big or small they may seem. Check out her full interview below for a peek behind the curtain and news of some really exciting things to come from Kristen!
Who are you?
My name is Kristen Drozdowski, I am an artist, mom, creative business owner and seeker of everyday magic!
What do you do?
My work consists of illustration, design and painting. I have a paper goods line called Worthwhile Paper, and we are happy to be stocked at many lovely shops across the world, including the beloved Kindred Post. :)
Who/what inspires you?
I am the most inspired by feelings, I naturally find myself using intuition and emotion to determine my process. I also take a lot of inspiration from nature, deep processes of self-inquiry and reflection, mind-body practices, and my relationship to myself and the world around me. The people who inspire me the most are those who are close to me in real life, and the little beautiful things I find wonderful about them.
What is your favorite moment in the process?
Magic moments in my art studio where something happens just right - like I get the math right on some stripes I am going to paint, or I nail a color mix on the first try. I also really love the onset of a new idea, sometimes it happens fast and naturally and out of nowhere, which is exciting.
What is a trick of your trade or a piece of advice for artists in your medium?
I would say my favorite 'trick' is to not logically think too hard about your process, let the natural curiosity and feeling guide you, and piece it all together logically later. It usually all falls into perfect place. Also, my favorite advice I have been giving myself is to step outside of any rules I have made for myself about what kind of art I am supposed to make and what kind of person I am supposed to be, and that PLAY is so important in both self discovery, my art practice and running a creative business!
What is next?
This is perfect timing, because this morning I just announced that I have been working on a guided journal with Chronicle Books! It is called You Are The Magic You Seek and will be published later this year and pre-orders will be available soon :) I have posted a little announcement with a tad more information on my instagram @worthwhilepaper - stay tuned for more!
See more of her work here!