Artist Collaboration - Caitlin McGauley
Spotlight on our new shoe print created in collaboration with artist Caitlin McGauley for our Fall 2021 Collection. We asked Caitlin about her creative process, what inspires her and more. Read the full Q&A below!
1. Where did you grow up / Where do you live now? I grew up in a small town an hour outside of NYC. It was such a great, laid back place to grow up that we decided to raise our kids here. We live on a small island in a lake and they are little fish now.
2. How long have you been painting? Doodling was a big part of my childhood. My parents brought paper and pencils everywhere we went, and now I do the same for my kids. I started painting with watercolors when I was eight. I’ve tried other mediums but never liked anything as much.
3. How did you know you wanted to be an artist? There was never anything else I wanted to do, I had a one track mind about it!
4. How would you describe your personal style? How does this affect your work? I worked for Diane von Furstenburg early in my career and that’s where I fell in love with prints. I search Etsy for vintage Betsey Johnson or DVF prints. Also, Ralph Lauren floral prints from the 80's. But I’m pretty minimal, not a lot of jewelry and I’m always in jeans. Watercolor is the most spare art form I think, you try to get the point across with as little fuss/brushstrokes as possible.
5. Describe your most memorable moment as an artist so far? It’s not one moment, but every time I see my wallpaper installed, I am so thrilled that someone chose my art for their home!
6. What has been your biggest struggle as an artist so far? I have so many plans and ideas and not enough hours in a day.
7. You’ve collaborated with PC before, how would you describe the experience? What has been your favorite print to collaborate on? I love working with Pink Chicken. Being given the creative freedom to run with an idea is the ideal partnership. The shoe print is my favorite. I try to imagine what I would have loved to wear as a child, and that print is it.
8. How do you feel about seeing your prints on clothing? It makes me so happy to see them in the wild!
9. Any sneak peeks or hints on any upcoming works? I am launching my textile line very soon, which has always been my dream. Also, kid’s art kits and other fun things based on the bunnies that I began illustrating a few years ago. Designing for kids is the best!