Kate Brennan Hall is an illustrator + printmaker. Her illustration clients range from Fortune 500 companies to small publishers. Check out her ever-expanding list of stockists who sell + enjoy her screenprinted homegoods that include kitchen tea towels, prints and cards.


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Creative Manifesto

Creative Manifesto

Let’s start with the obvious—I love color, shape, line, the human form, beauty, imagining spaces & places, expression, psychology, and best of all: working with art materials—ink + a squeegee, paint, paper, glue, crayons, and all the common digital ways of working with imagery.

I like to collaborate. A good collaboration is like a great conversation—balanced in its give and take, seeking to bring out the best in each participant and marked by serious thought and sprinkled with good humor.

I like the give and take of the art directing process. It’s like a dance. Sometimes I’m asked to take the lead and guide the idea from start to finish and other times I’m asked to be led by the process; trusting that my ideas won’t be stomped on.

I like the idea of multiples. I was drawn to illustration and printmaking because you make one image and then it is shared with others via the printed page in a book/magazine or via an edition of prints.

I like the intersection of logical thinking and creative thinking. An illustration project involves black and white/logical elements: Size, audience, usage, budgets. And then there is the creative process: The client wants the feeling of x + y so what elements do I need to bring this together? Designing products for stores adds another dimension of creativity.The creative thinking is endless but also needs to be tempered because a deadline is a deadline.

I like deadlines. Yep. I like to know that something has a beginning and an end. I like the excitement of beginning a project and then the satisfaction upon completion of the project. I met the challenge.

I always liked show and tell. I think many illustrators + printmakers have that forever-child in them that loves to receive feedback for hard work done and a product to show in the end. I’ve enjoyed seeing packages I’ve illustrated in the hands of a grocery clerk as they run it across the scanner. And yes, I have piped up on occasion to say, "I made that!" Or, in this latest chapter in my creative life: hearing from my textile and print customers how much they enjoy my products. It feels good. I can’t deny it and the five year old in me can’t help but be happy.

{a few of my illustrations that span the breadth of my career as an illustrator shown here}

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Dearest Walter

Dearest Walter

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Windy

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