Hello! I’m Kathryn a blogger, writer, photographer, and artist living by the coast in West Sussex, England. This blog is about the artists and craftsmen I’ve met on my travels and a celebration of the many varied cultures around the world – all the things that inspire my own art and that I hope will, in turn, inspire you. I’ll also be sharing art tutorials, from myself as well as guest artists, and reviews of all my favourite art supplies.

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Trying my hand at making cloth sandals in Japan

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Learning about traditional textiles in Chaing Mai, Thailand

Study with me online

Recently, I started teaching online art classes, to encourage others to explore art as a form of relaxation through mandalas. This ancient art form and aid to meditation was originally developed in the Himalayas by Buddhists monks some 2,000 years ago. Drawing mandalas is the perfect lockdown stress buster. If you’d like to know more about my classes visit Obby.

 “I loved this class. I had a lovely time, learned a lot and was delighted with my mandala. Kathryn is a wonderful teacher and fantastic company!” Angie

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Who am I?

Thank you for asking! It’s complicated…

I was born and still live, with my husband and cat, in a little seaside town in Sussex.

Having originally studied zoology, botany and psychology, I went back to college as a mature student to study graphic design and illustration. I also spent three years at evening classes studying photography.

Over the years, my career path has taken many twists and turns including graphic design, writing, photography and social media.

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Working hard researching the local cocktail Porto Tonico in Portugal

Last year, I packed up my office job as a writer for a tour operator to concentrate on my travel blog, Travel With Kat, and combined this with leading guided walks in the South Downs.

Going freelance also gave me more time to explore my creative side. I’ve always had a fascination with geometric patterns. At art college, my thesis was on the history of Celtic abstract design but it was many years later, while travelling in Asia, that I first came across mandalas. Now, much of my artwork revolves around mandalas, both drawing them myself and teaching others.

Drawing mandalas is a wonderful way to relax – a great stress buster. What’s more, taking part in an art that stimulates the mind as well as developing motor skills, can help ward off dementia in older adults. And I’m looking forward to sharing my passions for art and travel with you. 

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