ChitinAndChlorophyll

florachnids

Columbus, Ohio
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Last updated on Jun 20, 2022

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Katie Clark

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Started from my front stoop, now we're here.

I've been drawing all my life, but I started making art with the intention of selling it in August 2020. I had lived in France for two school years before that, teaching English, and having to leave because of COVID left me feeling adrift, with no sense of purpose. On a whim, I bought some frames at the thrift store and painted tiny botanical plants, and decided I'd sell them on facebook. After several successful rounds of selling to friends and family, and feeling like I was reaching my limit of annoying people, I didn't know where to go from there.

And then I thought...why not sell them off my front stoop? I lived in a high-traffic area, so I thought it might work. I set up for the first time early one chilly September morning, feeling a pit of dread at the thought that all my neighbors would see me failing at selling the gigantic pile of 60+ paintings I had prepared. But the weirdest part was...I didn't fail. I sold out of almost everything, again and again, until the cold Ohio winter crept in and I decided it was time for my next move.

I started to feel that my botanical drawings could be engineered to create shapes rather than sitting neatly in detached rows across the page, so I started experimenting and deconstructing elements until I reached a style that I love. It's challenging work that requires a lot of focus and planning (things that, outside of art, are not always my strong suits), and each piece I create gets my full, undivided attention until I've decided it's finished and can move on to the next one.

I think there's a few people I should credit here: my dad for always believing in me, my mom for thinking my art is the best she's ever seen, my boyfriend Liam for helping me push past my fears and getting me organized, and all the people who have bought paintings from me, because each one of you is appreciated.

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  • Katie

    Owner

    I've loved bugs and drawing since I was little, so this artistic intersection is where I thrive! I like to push the limits of realism by switching up colors and forms, creating an art style that is completely my own.

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Last updated on May 11, 2022
Frequently asked questions
Gift wrapping and packaging

All original pieces ship in tissue paper, but prints can be gift-wrapped with twine and a personalized note, as well as dried lavender.

Custom and personalized orders

I offer custom and personalized orders for no extra customization fee. Choose your own insect, color scheme, size, and favorite plants, and I'll do the rest! Availability varies with existing orders.

Why are prints priced the way they're priced?

The answer is pretty simple: from 5x7 and above, the cost of production increases by 300% or much more in comparison to a 4x6 print. On top of that, 5x7 and above cannot be mailed in a standard envelope, whereas 4x6 can.

This is why you will notice an increase in price between 4x6 and 5x7- it helps me manage my overhead costs and factors in a realistic uptick in shipping cost. A large print will cost me about $10 in production and shipping costs, whereas a 4x6 costs me about $4.

I hope this helps provide a clear and transparent breakdown of my print pricing structure!

I really liked a print you had, but it's not in stock anymore. What do I do?

The great news is that even if I've stopped listing a certain print, I can always make more and list them if there's interest. If there's one you like that you haven't seen in the shop in a little bit, just message me and I will restock it in a few days!

No print of mine will ever be "discontinued", but there are some that just aren't as popular so I don't rush to make more when they've sold out.