Birthday interviews… Pt 1: Kate Rowland

Ooh, so today is the the day that Hannah Zakari officially turns 10 years old, how exciting! By now some of you have a copy of our zine, and if you don’t that link tells you how to get one just by emailing us!

In addition to contributing to the zine some of our brilliant designers and friends have done a little interview with us – 10 questions, natch – and we’ll be sharing them with you over the next week or so. We’re starting off with the fab Kate Rowland who did a wonderful illustration of her top 10 party guests for the zine…

Kate in her studio.

Did you have a childhood career ambition?

I wanted to be an archaeologist (Indiana Jones) or a pilot in the RAF. I actually went to air cadets for a few years before I realised it wasn’t for me!

If you could go on holiday anywhere tomorrow where would it be?

I have big dreams of a trip around Japan (this is mostly due to my love of their food, the beautiful landscapes and reading Haruki Murakami novels). 

Tea or coffee?

Peppermint tea!

If you weren’t doing this for a living what would you like to do?

I’ve always thought that being in the police would be interesting and challenging. I can’t imagine not drawing or making anything though.

What’s your best fashion tip for a timeless look?

I’m definitely not one for fashion tips (most of my friends would agree!) so I’d say – don’t worry about fashion or trend, just wear whatever makes you happy. Happiness is timeless!

What music/radio etc do you listen to when you’re working?

Most days I listen to BBC6 Music as it’s relaxed, interesting and I like that it’s not playlisted. I don’t have one favourite artist (I’m too indecisive), but my sister recently recommended Paul Thomas Saunders, and his album ‘Beautiful Desolation’ is dreamy.

Who is your biggest artistic inspiration?

It must sound odd, but I don’t really have a favourite artist or creative. I tend to be more inspired by my other interests than looking within the creative world. I’ve been reading about Beryl Burton recently, who was a champion road cyclist around the 1960s. She was an amazing woman! 

Do you have a favourite feel good film of all time. What is it?

Fantasic Mr Fox (directed by Wes Anderson). The filmic style makes me feel like a child again; I love how it looks so tangible, like you could step right into the set. 

Cats or dogs?

Cats. They are so chilled out.

Thanks Kate!

 You can visit Kate online at or at the HZ Webshoppe.

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