We had the good fortune of connecting with Kaitlin Morris and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kaitlin, why did you pursue a creative career?
I pursued a creative career because I knew I had to. I’ve always been an artistic person and felt lots of internal conflict when it came to determining a career that was right for me. I spent much of my teen years painting, drawing, and sculpting, and as much as I loved creating in the traditional sense, I knew it wasn’t what I wanted to do long term. But as soon as I started to explore illustration and design in college, it just felt right and inspiration often came naturally. That’s not to say I am inspired all of the time and I believe that’s a fallacy that somewhat gatekeeps the creative field. Nobody is inspired and creating 24/7. But it’s important to me that I don’t have to force myself into being a designer because it’s what I know I am.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I think what’s most important to me as a designer is my foundation in the fine arts. I still do paint and draw from time to time, but all of it influences my illustrations and designs. It’s so important to look to the past for inspiration even when creating in a digital landscape. But really what I’m most proud of is my adaptability and my versatility. Every time I create something I learn something new about myself and my capabilities that I didn’t know before. My interests fluctuate and it’s pretty easy to tell what I’m interested in at the moment by what I create. Sometimes it’s Dolly Parton, othertimes it’s astronomy or algebra, and most recently it was Rococo art. Really I’m just open to any inspiration, whether it be external or internal, and I don’t shy away from non-traditional and jarring combinations.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
My favorite part about Los Angeles is the surrounding mountains and sea. I would make sure to bring them to my favorite beaches, like El Matador or Point Dume, and maybe stop by Malibu Farms for Lunch. There’s so much great hiking up in the surrounding mountains, but some of my favorite hikes are Escondido Falls, where (if it’s not a drought) you’ll get to see a pretty amazing waterfall, and the Wisdom Tree Hike, where though it’s pretty much straight uphill, the views you get you can’t get anywhere else. And of course, the nightlife is always a good way to end off any fun day. Some of my favorite places to visit are Clifton’s Republic in DTLA and 41 Ocean in Santa Monica.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are so many aspects and people in my life that I am so grateful to. First, I am extremely thankful for my friends and family for always providing support, clarity, and inspiration for my creative endeavors. It’s not always an easy path but it’s always better when you have access to support and advice. Also, for the opportunities I’ve had at USC, where various classes and clubs have helped me to discover what I love to do. Specifically Design for America, where I learned how to combine my love for design with helping the local community. As well as all of my professors from Roski and Marshall who helped me to combine my love for design with my entrepreneurial goals. And lastly, I’m grateful for my semester abroad in Italy where I was able to meet people from around the world and learn new perspectives about the intersections of creativity, culture, and life.
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