Introducing….Union Jack Creative!
I’m so happy to keep the Introducing series rolling, with Kate from Union Jack Creative. Kate is a Boston Blogger who enjoys fashion, running and expressing her creativity (my kind of girl) with an impressive array of print design among many other great projects. Below, I asked Kate a few questions about herself:
Q. Where did your blog, Union Jack Creative name come from?
A: The blog shares the name of the design firm I run with my partner, Jack. When we got started, Jack had been playing around with the Union Jack flag in his work, and we liked the way “Union Jack” reflected on our combining our individual skills to form the business, and of course also included his name. “Creative” is an umbrella to cover all of the projects we take on – web and print design, primarily, but also calligraphy, event planning, woodworking, craft, cooking and the occasional slate coaster.
A: Personally, I draw a great deal from fashion – textures, colors and (even though I seldom wear them) patterns are very appealing to me, and often set me off in a direction that seems unrelated on the surface. So, while Jack draws from music (he was listening to James Brown when inspiration hit for the KateRuns navigation), I prefer to curl up in a quiet corner to flip through old issues of Vogue or W, or read through some fashion blogs in my Google reader if I’m feeling stuck. Tumblr has also been a great resource – endless scrolling is dangerous.
Q. Where is your favorite city, and/or most memorable place to visit?
A: I’m not a Boston native, and I’ve stayed here for more than seven years, so clearly I’m a little partial to the Hub. Of the cities I’ve visited, though, Rio de Janeiro rises above them all; it completely captured my heart. The beaches and the hanggliding didn’t hurt the experience, but the Carioca culture was positively addictive. The city has its fair share of troubles and inequality, but also stunning geography, perfect weather, excellent food and drink, a vibrant night life and plenty of contemporary art.
Q. What is your guiltiest pleasure?
A: Bread and cheese. I have a recipe for a quick, crusty loaf that is my standby, and a soft spot for cheese – the stinkier, the better. If I could cut those two things from my diet, I’d be in great shape; alas, I can’t bear it. I’ll have to stick to running. Additionally: Mythbusters. Jack and I don’t have TV, but we’ve seen every episode. Ever.
In the spirit of the holidays approaching check out Kate's hand designed NYE party invitations, they are fantastic!