Meet The Maker: Kate Moloney
Kate Moloney is a wedding and stationary designer. I was lucky enough to interview Kate about her work and career plans.
Hello! Thank you so much for letting me interview you. How are you?
I’m great thank you!
Tell us a little bit about your background.
I grew up in Southampton where I studied for a degree in Product Design (quite a while ago now!) and started my career designing, believe it or not, POWERTOOLS!! From there I moved in to Giftware and shifted to a more graphic design based role and resettled in London where I have been ever since.
I took a year out with my boyfriend last year to travel the world and since getting home in July have invested all of my energy into Little Molo (my wedding stationery business).
What are your career plans?
I love designing stationery and working with couples on their weddings so I plan on investing my time into this business, that’s my goal, that’s where I see my career going. I’d love to grow the business even more and move in to designing other stationery.
Have you always been into illustrations, stationary and design?
I have always loved art and design and making things, I grew up with Art Attack and Neil Buchanan (legend!) even from a very young age I would always make greeting cards for people, so it was only natural that I studied art and design subjects and finally moved into this field.
I adore your work. What inspired you to start doing wedding and occasion stationery?
Thank you so much! I started designing wedding stationery about 5 years ago when my friends started to get married. With a passion for design it made sense for me to get involved with their invitation designs and that’s where it all started. Also having a job where you are bringing to life people's ideas and imaginations is incredibly fun, so I love doing it!
What equipment do you use for your work?
I’ll always start a project by sketching down a few ideas on paper and then take these onto the MacBook. I use Adobe Creative Suite for my design work but the fun part really starts once the designs are completed and printed and I can get creative with all sorts of glue and ribbon and cutting things, my guillotine is my best friend!
What tools or materials could you not live without?
Does a kettle count? I literally couldn’t start the day without a cup of tea, so without an instrument to heat water, I’m not sure Little Molo would be around! Seriously though my Macbook and Wacom tablet, I couldn’t work without them.
Why has social media been an important platform for you to use?
Social media has been an incredible platform to use, there is such a huge community of creatives who are keen to share and help each other out, it’s inspiring to feel so close to so many people that are starting small businesses, knowing that there is a support network, its motivational in a way.
Why do you use Instagram for your work?
Instagram is a great tool to showcase your work and catch people’s attention but it also allows you to see what other people are doing, I follow what’s inspiring, not necessarily in weddings or stationery but just what creative ideas people from all around the world are coming up with. It gets you in touch with the global community from all different walks of life.
Do you have any favourite pieces of design work, stationary or illustrations that you adore at the moment?
I follow an illustrator called Fizzy Unicorn @fizzyunicornuk and apart from the name being awesome, I love their designs, they’re so funny! Also another instagrammer called The Ghost and The Shells @theghostandtheshells, the illustrations are hilarious, you should check it out.
What do we hope to see in this up and coming year for your Instagram and your work?
I’ve got lots more projects in the pipeline, hopefully i’ll be promoting some Christmas goodies very soon.
I’m working on lots of fun children’s prints which will be coming in the next couple of months as well as some new weddings which i’m very excited about!
What projects are you currently working on?
I’m working on something with a slightly magical theme but I can’t say too much because, it’s in the very early stages but hopefully i’ll have something on my Instagram by Christmas!
Do you have any advice for anyone who would like to start drawing or creating stationery?
Crack on and do it! Use social media, it’s an incredible tool and get yourself out there, don’t be afraid to showcase your work and get talking to people, it’s amazing how people do want to help!
What's the best piece of creative advice you've ever been given?
A good friend once pointed me in the direction of Good Fucking Design Advice @gooddsgnadvice and I’ve never looked back!
GFDA no.64: Be A Good Fucking Person.