Friday, January 29, 2010

Kate Endle Collage Studio

Kate Endle’s Studio

What kind of Art/Crafts do you do?
A few things- I'm a children's book illustrator, I license my images to paper and home decor products, I sell my prints and originals at my Etsy shop and various shops around the West Coast. I create most of my art with collage (I'm a painter, too).

Where do you create?

I work in my studio, which is out of my home in Seattle. I recently renovated the garage.

How do you keep all your supplies organised?
I have a pretty extensive set up. I have large flat files for sheets of paper. I also have a cabinet that I keep rolled sheets. I have a small drawer set that holds mini scraps. I have a "working" box that hold papers I'm currently using. I also have a special box that holds my tiniest scraps, which end up as pieces for the decorative edges of my canvases.

How do you keep yourself motivated to keep your space tidy?
I don't like mess. It costs me money. My studio can get TRASHED, but I can't keep it that way for long. Collage is really messy and when the paper starts flying it's easy to misplace things- car keys, scissors, rulers, xactos, etc. If I can't find the right tool, right when I need it, I have to go out and buy another. That's why I have 8 pairs of scissors, 4 xacto knives, and 10 rulers.

Any tips for how to keep art spaces tidy or organised?
I do a little organizing everyday and a major clean twice a year. Keep your business papers in one place. Don't get overwhelmed. Take one project at a time- whether it's organizing a closet or sorting through magazine clippings. Invest some time into creating inspiration books or binders. I finally got around to cataloguing clippings that date back to 1987! It took me almost three months of sorting through boxes, files, and magazines but I did it! Seven binders later.....

Do you get stressed out when your space gets in a mess?
YES!! I don't like it when my hands get too gluey, either. Not a great quality for a collage artist. I love to clean and organize, though. I consider it a hobby.

If you could have your dream space tomorrow what would it look like?
I'm living/working in it RIGHT NOW!! This is the studio that I thought I’d have when I was 87 years old, so I'm happy to have worked hard enough to have achieved it at 37 years old. It's right across the street from Puget Sound. The orca whale pod just swam through a few weeks ago, I have owls in my backyard, and I'm watching a juvenile bald eagle in a tree as I type, does not get much better than this for a girl like me.

Do space limitations get in the way of projects you have in mind?
I love rug hooking with wool and I want to learn how to needle felt. It's not so much the space, but finding the extra time. Although, I'm pretty tight for space. It doesn't matter how big your studio gets, you'll always want more room.

What is the next big thing on your wish list for your art space?
I love collecting folk art, outsider art, primitives, Japanese folk art and Japanese 20th century contemporary woodblock prints. I have a long wish list and am able to collect a piece here and there. It's always a special feeling when you bring a new piece home.

Where can people view your work or purchase it?

Yes, thanks to anyone who takes the time to visit.
Etsy Shops:

Example of Kate Endle Collage

Thanks to Kate Endle for allowing me to publish her studio photos and for taking time to answer my questions! Thank you!


  1. What an amazing space to create in and I love Kate's work!

  2. I have to say I am envious of this studio space, it looks completely relaxing, has great light and the Orca whales passing by just sound like heaven.

    There are going to be manyn ‘Where People Create’ readers jealous today I think.

  3. wow! i love all of those wooden dolls! thank you for sharing your space. very inspiring:)