New York artist Katie Rodgers emphasizes character and creativity through her eloquent watercolor paintings. Her website, Paper Fashion, reveals her interest in design as she puts esteemed pieces of couture on paper. Because her signature style has caught the attention of famous stars and renowned designers, her paintings now flourish in the fashion sphere. With the growing recognition her work has gained, Katie Rodgers plans to expand Paper Fashion into whole other realms.
When did you start to incorporate fashion in your watercolor work?
I’ve been incorporating fashion into my work (in an unconscious way) since I was a little girl! However, I really began to pay attention to the fashion world when I was in high school via fashion magazines.
When and how did you start your website, Paper Fashion?
It was early 2009, and I had been working at my first job out of college for a few months. I felt like I had a lot of free time outside of work and had a burning desire to paint every day. I started a site called Paper Fashion (because I was painting fashion on paper, of course) and became obsessed with updating it daily. It became my world.
While your paintings reflect the sketches of designers, they also express your personal creativity. How would you describe your style in Paper Fashion?
I would say my style is ever evolving as I grow up along with it, and it is very much personal to me. I tend to go through vivid periods in my life, and right now I’m extremely in tune with simplicity and organization, with a twist. I love to present ordinary or simple ideas to people… but once they look at it for a moment it may transform into something they didn’t see at the first glance. An element of surprise.
From fashion wear to fashion week, you paint just about everything. What is your favorite object/event to paint and why?
My imaginations. My most personal thoughts and ideas.
Are you currently working on anything for Paper Fashion?
Always! I have a few things in the works for this fall and holiday season, as well as a wallpaper line that will debut in early 2016. I will also be in a traveling exhibit with Winsor & Newton, which will begin in New York City this October.
Do you have any particular vision for your artwork in the future?
Absolutely. I believe my work will evolve in ways that I can’t predict, but I do have a vision for where I see my artwork going and living. Perhaps something on a larger scale.