Meet the Maker: Maikatie Artworks
Maikatie Artworks is a paper artist based in Fort Collins.
Q: At what point in your life did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Katie: I started to pursue a creative path once I entered college. It was only then that I realized this creative side of me could be a career path and my future.
Q: What do you love most about what you do?
Katie: I love that I get to come to my studio and do whatever I want. I get to create spaces that I wish existed everywhere, and through that make connections with people I would have never met otherwise. All of it is pure bliss.
Q: Where did you grow up? If outside of Colorado, how did you end up here?
Katie: I grew up in Greeley, Colorado. I loved it.
Q: What album/songs are you currently listening to?
Katie: I am currently and always listening to Young Oceans. Recently Joni Mitchell has spoke to me, and I am always looking to Lizzo for a female empowerment pump up.
Q: Do you recall the first piece you made? If so, how did it turn out?
Katie: The first piece of art I recall making was a drawing of a turtle (my obsession with all things water started early). I remember showing my Mom and Grandma and both of them being so encouraging.
Q: It's the weekend. What do you see yourself doing?
Katie: I see myself playing soccer or volleyball, listening to audiobooks, relaxing with my cats, seeing my friends and family, and sleeping in. :)
Q: Do you have a favorite place in the mountains you love to visit?
Katie: Anywhere where the Poudre River is.
Q: Are you self taught? If not, did you learn from a mentor?
Katie: I went to UNC and got my BA in Painting and Drawing. Took some classes at Pratt in Brooklyn, and met amazing mentors and artists along the way. I am still in contact and completely supported by my undergrad professors. They all taught me something vital to my visual artistic journey. I feel very lucky in that respect.