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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 // Sample // 8"X10" // Perfect for renters and DIY crafters // Choose your prints
Removable Wallpaper // Sample // 8"X10" // Perfect for renters and DIY crafters // Choose your prints
KateZarembaCompany
$5.00 USD
Removable Wallpaper / Muse Variation in Grey / Assorted quantities / Perfect for Renters
Removable Wallpaper / Muse Variation in Grey / Assorted quantities / Perfect for Renters
KateZarembaCompany
$36.00 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
$36.00 USD
Removable Wallpaper // Plants on Pink // Perfect for renters // Fully Removable
Removable Wallpaper // Plants on Pink // Perfect for renters // Fully Removable
KateZarembaCompany
$36.00 USD
Removable Wallpaper / Cecily's Secret Garden / Assorted quantities / Perfect for Renters
Removable Wallpaper / Cecily's Secret Garden / Assorted quantities / Perfect for Renters
KateZarembaCompany
$36.00 USD
Pinstripe Floral Noir Removable Wallpaper / Assorted lengths / Perfect for Renters and owners
Pinstripe Floral Noir Removable Wallpaper / Assorted lengths / Perfect for Renters and owners
KateZarembaCompany
$36.00 USD
Removable Wallpaper // Pinstripe Floral  //Perfect for renters and DIY crafters
Removable Wallpaper // Pinstripe Floral //Perfect for renters and DIY crafters
KateZarembaCompany
$36.00 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
$36.00 USD
Removable Wallpaper // Foxy Print // Assorted Lengths // ADHERES to walls and shelf surfaces
Removable Wallpaper // Foxy Print // Assorted Lengths // ADHERES to walls and shelf surfaces
KateZarembaCompany
$27.00 USD
Petal Pusher Wallpaper / Removable / Assorted Lengths/ Perfect for Renters or Owners
Petal Pusher Wallpaper / Removable / Assorted Lengths/ Perfect for Renters or Owners
KateZarembaCompany
$36.00 USD
Removable Wallpaper // Townhouses Print // Eco friendly // Adheres to walls and shelf surfaces
Removable Wallpaper // Townhouses Print // Eco friendly // Adheres to walls and shelf surfaces
KateZarembaCompany
$36.00 USD
Removable Wallpaper / Damask Eye Print / Perfect for renters fully removable
Removable Wallpaper / Damask Eye Print / Perfect for renters fully removable
KateZarembaCompany
$36.00 USD
Custom Portrait // Original Paper Cut // Minimalist Portraits // Made just for you
Custom Portrait // Original Paper Cut // Minimalist Portraits // Made just for you
KateZarembaCompany
$125.00 USD
Removable Wallpaper // Muse in Mint // Perfect for renters and DIY crafters // Fully removable
Removable Wallpaper // Muse in Mint // Perfect for renters and DIY crafters // Fully removable
KateZarembaCompany
$36.00 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
$36.00 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
$5.25 USD
Removable Wallpaper // Gem Stones and Crystals // Gem Belushi Print //Perfect for renters and DIY crafters
Removable Wallpaper // Gem Stones and Crystals // Gem Belushi Print //Perfect for renters and DIY crafters
KateZarembaCompany
$36.00 USD
Removable Wallpaper // Bright Eyes Print // Eco-friendly, PVC free, FSC certified paper // Perfect for renters and DIY projects
Removable Wallpaper // Bright Eyes Print // Eco-friendly, PVC free, FSC certified paper // Perfect for renters and DIY projects
KateZarembaCompany
$36.00 USD
Removable Wallpaper // Floral Circus // Adheres to walls and shelves // Fully removable
Removable Wallpaper // Floral Circus // Adheres to walls and shelves // Fully removable
KateZarembaCompany
$36.00 USD
Removable Wallpaper // Pinstripe Floral Yellow // Adheres to walls and shelves // Fully removable
Removable Wallpaper // Pinstripe Floral Yellow // Adheres to walls and shelves // Fully removable
KateZarembaCompany
$36.00 USD
Gettin Handsy Wallpaper // Removable // Perfect for homes and rental apartments
Gettin Handsy Wallpaper // Removable // Perfect for homes and rental apartments
KateZarembaCompany
$36.00 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
$36.00 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
$36.00 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
$36.00 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
$36.00 USD
Removable Wallpaper // Muse in mustard // Adheres to walls and shelves and is removable
Removable Wallpaper // Muse in mustard // Adheres to walls and shelves and is removable
KateZarembaCompany
$36.00 USD
Removable Wallpaper // Swan Print // Assorted Lengths // Perfect for apartments, rentals, and homes
Removable Wallpaper // Swan Print // Assorted Lengths // Perfect for apartments, rentals, and homes
KateZarembaCompany
$36.00 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
$36.00 USD
Land of Women Removable Wallpaper // Perfect for renters and DIY crafters // Fully removable // Mauve and Burgundy
Land of Women Removable Wallpaper // Perfect for renters and DIY crafters // Fully removable // Mauve and Burgundy
KateZarembaCompany
$36.00 USD
Land of Women Print Removable Wallpaper // Perfect for renters and DIY projects
Land of Women Print Removable Wallpaper // Perfect for renters and DIY projects
KateZarembaCompany
$36.00 USD
Trapeze Act Wallpaper // Flying High // Assorted lengths // Perfect for renters and owners
Trapeze Act Wallpaper // Flying High // Assorted lengths // Perfect for renters and owners
KateZarembaCompany
$36.00 USD
Yellow Rose Wallpaper / Removable / Perfect for renters and owners / Assorted Lengths Available
Yellow Rose Wallpaper / Removable / Perfect for renters and owners / Assorted Lengths Available
KateZarembaCompany
$36.00 USD
Removable Wallpaper // Damask and You Shall Receive // Perfect for renters // Assorted lengths available
Removable Wallpaper // Damask and You Shall Receive // Perfect for renters // Assorted lengths available
KateZarembaCompany
$36.00 USD
Removable Wallpaper // Multi Color Arrow Print // ADHERES to walls and shelves
Removable Wallpaper // Multi Color Arrow Print // ADHERES to walls and shelves
KateZarembaCompany
$36.00 USD

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