Super awesome cat photography courtesy of Kate Funk and her furry sidekick, AC.
The story of how this all started was actually a happy accident. Around the time that I got AC, I worked at a local paper store here in Milwaukee. One day we were making paper party hats, and I decided to make a tiny one for AC. To my surprise, when I brought it home and put it on him he didn’t seem to mind at all. I had this friend with a birthday coming up. She only refers to AC as "the jerk" (most people find AC’s personality a bit off-putting since he doesn’t really care for anyone except me, and he always looks like he wants to murder you) so I decided I would try and make her a birthday card featuring “the jerk" cat she loves so much.
I quickly threw together a little cake and messy backdrop made with construction paper and a glue sticks, and topped it off with AC wearing the party hat I had made for him. I was so excited with the result! His look of disdain contrasted perfectly with the bright happy birthday decorations. I liked it so much that I started printing more copies to give to my other friends—including a fellow employee at the paper store.
It was there that the owner saw this card and was intrigued. She asked if I had any more designs. I didn’t, but told her I’d be more than happy to make some. I went home elated and came up with another 5 cards, had a meeting with the owner, and my greeting cards started to be carried and sold in my very first store. From there things seemed to snowball.
I partnered up with my roommate at the time, Brennan Groh, to make “The World’s Most Super Amazing 100% Awesome Cat Calendar.” I took the photographs and he did the graphic design work. I also attended my very first craft fair ever that same year: The Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago. It was amazing to see other people enjoy and admire my work, and to meet fellow artists like myself. From there I continued to make more designs, get my products into more stores, and attend more craft fairs around the country.
After 5 amazing years of hard work, I finally was able to quit my day job and devote my life to my ridiculous dream occupation: Cat Photographer.
Kate Funk and her kitty sidekick, AC, live and work in Milwaukee, WI. It’s there at MIAD where Kate earned her BFA in photography. She now spends most of her days making cat costumes and dioramas while ingesting copious amounts of sugar.
Salt Lake, UT, United States
Marvelpress is a specialized printer who creates all of my phone case using 3D sublimation printing.
Greeting Card Printing Company
Depere, WI, United States
Local, Wisconsin printing company that takes care of all of my wonderful greeting cards.
West Rancho Dominguez, CA, United States
Local printing shop to our calendar's graphic designer in CA that does all of our calendar printing.
Durham, NC, United States
Spoonflower makes it possible for me to design and print my own fabric used in the creation of my pillows.
Find katefunk at the following upcoming market!
The Crafty Fair
Goodman Community Center, 149 Waubesa St
This event will feature over 70 stellar artists from across Wisconsin.
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