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Featured Shop: Kate Zaremba Company

Nov 25, 2013

by Kathryn Zaremba

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

My name is Kathryn Zaremba. I’m an illustrator and textile designer living and working in Washington, DC. My shop is a collection of wallpaper, gift wrap, illustrations and textiles.

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A little known fact for my Etsy besties: I was a child actress. Growing up in the arts, I was surrounded by sets, costumes, buttons and bows, and I was mesmerized by the facade of it all. I spent my time in a make-believe world, entertaining people and having fun. By the time I got to college, I knew I wanted to stay in the arts but was ready to go behind the scenes. Art school taught me what being an artist was all about: problem solving. I learned how to make unpractical things practically; how to develop a visual language versus a spoken one; and more importantly, how to see in a new way.

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I’m constantly drawing. I draw things over and over again, thinking about shape and pattern and trying not to be too harsh a critic. After I develop an idea, I imagine how to bring it to life – as an art print or a pattern for wallpaper, gift wrap, or fabric. I also make patterns and prints out of paper by cutting shapes and creating miniatures. I would describe my style as a little bit whimsical, with a dash of sophistication and a whole lot of fun.

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Once a drawing or collage is complete I scan it into the computer, which is where the pattern truly comes to life. Here I plan how it will repeat, and at what scale. It can be quite tricky, but every print is a challenge, like piecing together a puzzle. I change the scale and colors depending on the final product I want to make with the print, but I strive to make them all undeniably me.

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I also offer custom illustration in my shop, which keeps me quite busy. Nothing compares to products made in collaboration with my customers. My favorite piece-to-date (pictured above) was for a lovely young woman who was about to get married. She sent me a list of 60 memories she and her fiancé had made during their courtship, which I illustrated and turned into an archival print. She gave the illustration to her husband on their wedding day, and later sent me a photograph of the moment he opened the package. Helping someone see their idea come to life and share it with the person they love was incredibly rewarding.

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Etsy is not only the foundation of my business, but also a source of inspiration. Every day this community brings something new to my work, and has enabled me to do what I love full time. I am so grateful for the genius of this organization, and I am sincerely blown away by the amazing teams behind every door. It makes me proud to be growing my business here.

All photographs by Joshua Navarro.

Featured Shop Archive

Removable Wallpaper / Grove Terra Cotta Print / Assorted lengths / Perfect for Renters and owners
Removable Wallpaper / Grove Terra Cotta Print / Assorted lengths / Perfect for Renters and owners
KateZarembaCompany
$25.00 USD
Removable Wallpaper // City Plan // Adheres to walls and shelves // Fully removable
Removable Wallpaper // City Plan // Adheres to walls and shelves // Fully removable
KateZarembaCompany
$25.00 USD
Removable Wallpaper / Grove Noir Wallpaper / Assorted lengths / Perfect for Renters and owners
Removable Wallpaper / Grove Noir Wallpaper / Assorted lengths / Perfect for Renters and owners
KateZarembaCompany
$25.00 USD
Removable Wallpaper // Reef Print Charcoal and Off-White // Perfect for renters or owners
Removable Wallpaper // Reef Print Charcoal and Off-White // Perfect for renters or owners
KateZarembaCompany
$25.00 USD
Removable Wallpaper // Meryl Stripe // Perfect for renters and DIY crafters
Removable Wallpaper // Meryl Stripe // Perfect for renters and DIY crafters
KateZarembaCompany
$25.00 USD
Removable Wallpaper // Muse Noir // ADHERES to walls and shelves // Perfect for renters
Removable Wallpaper // Muse Noir // ADHERES to walls and shelves // Perfect for renters
KateZarembaCompany
$25.00 USD
Removable Wallpaper // Gems Wallpaper // Perfect for renters and DIY projects
Removable Wallpaper // Gems Wallpaper // Perfect for renters and DIY projects
KateZarembaCompany
$25.00 USD
Letterpress // Missing You // Trapeze Act // A2 card with peach or white envelope
Letterpress // Missing You // Trapeze Act // A2 card with peach or white envelope
KateZarembaCompany
$5.00 USD
Wallpaper Samples // 8"X10" // Perfect for renters and DIY crafters // Choose your prints
Wallpaper Samples // 8"X10" // Perfect for renters and DIY crafters // Choose your prints
KateZarembaCompany
$5.00 USD
Removable Wallpaper / Pinstripe Floral Black and White / Assorted lengths / Perfect for Renters and owners
Removable Wallpaper / Pinstripe Floral Black and White / Assorted lengths / Perfect for Renters and owners
KateZarembaCompany
$25.00 USD
Removable Wallpaper // Avocado Print // Perfect for way to add some whimsy to your space
Removable Wallpaper // Avocado Print // Perfect for way to add some whimsy to your space
KateZarembaCompany
$25.00 USD
Removable Wallpaper // Getting Handsy // Perfect for homes and rental apartments
Removable Wallpaper // Getting Handsy // Perfect for homes and rental apartments
KateZarembaCompany
$25.00 USD
Removable Wallpaper // Muse in multicolor // Adheres to walls and shelves and is removable
Removable Wallpaper // Muse in multicolor // Adheres to walls and shelves and is removable
KateZarembaCompany
$25.00 USD
Removable Wallpaper / Tulip Shakur Print / Assorted Lengths / Perfect for Renters or Owners
Removable Wallpaper / Tulip Shakur Print / Assorted Lengths / Perfect for Renters or Owners
KateZarembaCompany
$25.00 USD
Removable Wallpaper // Pinstripe Floral  //Perfect for renters and DIY crafters
Removable Wallpaper // Pinstripe Floral //Perfect for renters and DIY crafters
KateZarembaCompany
$25.00 USD
Removable Wallpaper // Townhouses Print // Eco friendly // Fully Removable // Perfect for renters
Removable Wallpaper // Townhouses Print // Eco friendly // Fully Removable // Perfect for renters
KateZarembaCompany
$25.00 USD
Removable Wallpaper // Lemon Bowl Print // Assorted Lengths // Fully removable perfect for renters
Removable Wallpaper // Lemon Bowl Print // Assorted Lengths // Fully removable perfect for renters
KateZarembaCompany
$25.00 USD
Removable Wallpaper // Plants on Pink // Perfect for renters // Fully Removable
Removable Wallpaper // Plants on Pink // Perfect for renters // Fully Removable
KateZarembaCompany
$25.00 USD
Swansy Noir Wallpaper / Removable / Asorrted Lengths/ Adheres to Walls, Refrigerators, and Shelves
Swansy Noir Wallpaper / Removable / Asorrted Lengths/ Adheres to Walls, Refrigerators, and Shelves
KateZarembaCompany
$25.00 USD
Removable Wallpaper / Muse in Grey / Assorted quantities / Perfect for Renters
Removable Wallpaper / Muse in Grey / Assorted quantities / Perfect for Renters
KateZarembaCompany
$25.00 USD
Removable Wallpaper // Sierra Print // Assorted Lengths // ADHERES to walls and shelf surfaces
Removable Wallpaper // Sierra Print // Assorted Lengths // ADHERES to walls and shelf surfaces
KateZarembaCompany
$25.00 USD
Venus Wallpaper in Blue / Removable Wallpaper / Adheres to walls and shelves and is removable
Venus Wallpaper in Blue / Removable Wallpaper / Adheres to walls and shelves and is removable
KateZarembaCompany
$25.00 USD
Removable Wallpaper / Pinstripe Floral Noir/ Assorted lengths / Perfect for Renters and owners
Removable Wallpaper / Pinstripe Floral Noir/ Assorted lengths / Perfect for Renters and owners
KateZarembaCompany
$25.00 USD
Removable Wallpaper // Shape Theory Peach and Mustard // Perfect for renters and DIY projects
Removable Wallpaper // Shape Theory Peach and Mustard // Perfect for renters and DIY projects
KateZarembaCompany
$25.00 USD
Removable Wallpaper // Reef Print // Adheres to walls and shelves // Fully removable
Removable Wallpaper // Reef Print // Adheres to walls and shelves // Fully removable
KateZarembaCompany
$25.00 USD
Trapeze Act Wallpaper // Assorted lengths // Perfect for renters and owners
Trapeze Act Wallpaper // Assorted lengths // Perfect for renters and owners
KateZarembaCompany
$25.00 USD
Removable Wallpaper // Diamonds are a girls best friend //  Perfect for renters and DIY crafters
Removable Wallpaper // Diamonds are a girls best friend // Perfect for renters and DIY crafters
KateZarembaCompany
$25.00 USD
Removable Wallpaper // Muse Mustard // Removable and perfect for renters
Removable Wallpaper // Muse Mustard // Removable and perfect for renters
KateZarembaCompany
$25.00 USD
Removable Wallpaper // Reef Ocean Wallpaper // Perfect for renters and DIY projects
Removable Wallpaper // Reef Ocean Wallpaper // Perfect for renters and DIY projects
KateZarembaCompany
$25.00 USD
Removable Wallpaper // Triangles d'Avignon // ADHERES to walls and shelves
Removable Wallpaper // Triangles d'Avignon // ADHERES to walls and shelves
KateZarembaCompany
$25.00 USD
Removable Wallpaper/ Pineapple Print / Adheres to walls and shelves / perfect for renters
Removable Wallpaper/ Pineapple Print / Adheres to walls and shelves / perfect for renters
KateZarembaCompany
$25.00 USD
Removable Wallpaper // Muse Mint // Perfect for renters and DIY crafters // Fully removable
Removable Wallpaper // Muse Mint // Perfect for renters and DIY crafters // Fully removable
KateZarembaCompany
$25.00 USD
Removable Wallpaper // Shape Theory Blue and Peach // Perfect for renters and DIY projects
Removable Wallpaper // Shape Theory Blue and Peach // Perfect for renters and DIY projects
KateZarembaCompany
$25.00 USD
Sierra Southwest / Removable Wallpaper / Assorted Lengths/ Perfect for Renters or Owners
Sierra Southwest / Removable Wallpaper / Assorted Lengths/ Perfect for Renters or Owners
KateZarembaCompany
$25.00 USD
Removable Wallpaper / Vintage 'Axl' Yellow Rose / Perfect for renters and owners / Assorted Lengths Available
Removable Wallpaper / Vintage 'Axl' Yellow Rose / Perfect for renters and owners / Assorted Lengths Available
KateZarembaCompany
$25.00 USD
Removable Wallpaper // Sierra Southwest Neutrals // Perfect for renters // Assorted lengths available
Removable Wallpaper // Sierra Southwest Neutrals // Perfect for renters // Assorted lengths available
KateZarembaCompany
$25.00 USD
Removable Wallpaper // Monstera Leaf // Perfect for renters and DIY projects
Removable Wallpaper // Monstera Leaf // Perfect for renters and DIY projects
KateZarembaCompany
$25.00 USD
Removable Wallpaper / Land of Women Print / Perfect for renters and DIY crafters / Fully removable
Removable Wallpaper / Land of Women Print / Perfect for renters and DIY crafters / Fully removable
KateZarembaCompany
$25.00 USD
Eye Damask Wallpaper / Removable Wall Covering for renters or owners / Assorted Length Rolls
Eye Damask Wallpaper / Removable Wall Covering for renters or owners / Assorted Length Rolls
KateZarembaCompany
$25.00 USD
Painted Wild Removable Wallpaper // Eco friendly // Adheres to walls and shelf surfaces
Painted Wild Removable Wallpaper // Eco friendly // Adheres to walls and shelf surfaces
KateZarembaCompany
$25.00 USD
Removable Wallpaper / Mirror Mirror Face Print / Perfect for renters and DIY projects
Removable Wallpaper / Mirror Mirror Face Print / Perfect for renters and DIY projects
KateZarembaCompany
$25.00 USD

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