Kate Funk

Some of you may remember when we sold Kate Funk cat cards back in the day with Female Art Collective- well I’m happy to say Kate Funk is back with us now at Block Party- and better than ever! Check out Kate’s story below:
“The story of how my shop started was actually an accident. Around the time that I got AC, I worked at a local paper store here in Milwaukee. One day we were making paper party hats, and I decided to make a tiny one to give to AC when I got home. To my shock, when I brought it home and put it on his head he didn’t seem to mind at all. I have this friend who often calls AC a jerk. (Most people find AC’s personality a bit off-putting since he doesn’t really care for anyone except for me, and he always looks like he wants to kill you.) Her birthday was coming up, so I decided I would try and make her a birthday card featuring the “jerk cat” she loves so much. I made a little cake out of paper and threw together a messy backdrop made with construction paper, glue sticks, and a scissors, and topped it off with AC wearing the party hat I had made him. I was so excited with the result! His look of disdain contrasted perfectly with the bright happy birthday decorations. I liked it so much that I started printing more copies to give to my other friendS—including a fellow friend and employee at the paper store. It was there that the owner saw this card and was intrigued. She asked if I had any more designs. I didn’t, but told her I’d be more than happy to make some. I went home elated and came up with another 5 cards, had a meeting with the owner, and my greeting cards started to be carried and sold in my very first store.
From there things seemed to snowball. I partnered up with my roommate at the time, Brennan Groh, to make “The World’s Most Super Amazing 100% Awesome Cat Calendar.” I took the photographs and he did the graphic design work. I attended my very first craft fair ever that same year: The Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago. It was amazing to see other people enjoy and admire my work, and to meet fellow artists like myself, who I had no idea were out there. I knew I’d found my people, so I continued to make more designs, get my products into more stores, attend more craft fairs around the country. After 5 amazing years of hard work, I finally was able to quit my day job and devote my life to my dream occupation: Cat Photographer. 


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