Katy Rosenthal earned her Bachelor of Arts in Textile and Apparel Design from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an Associate’s Degree in Textile and Surface Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. She has also taken courses in batik and serigraphy at Santa Reparata International School of Art in Florence, Italy.
With a background in textile and surface design, my work is continually inspired by the history of decorative art and the value of creating by hand. Botanicals, specifically, are a constant inspiration and frequent source of subject matter—not only their natural forms, but also the ways in which they have been cultivated, stylized and presented across cultures to beautify and take ownership of intentionally designed spaces.
Gouache, frequently called “designers gouache” due to its predominance in the field, is my preferred medium. Its flat, matte quality enables limited palettes with easily isolated colors, earning it an indispensable place in the world of design. In addition to offering these attributes, gouache also allows me to achieve delicate details and reference the vernacular of surface ornament.