Kat is a multidisciplinary designer and avid doodler with a rich background, ranging from housewares, furniture, lighting, illustration, product development, management, and research.
Raised in New Jersey, Kat spent most of her creative years in New York City where her family has their Chinese American roots deeply embedded. After studying Industrial Design at Pratt Institute, Kat worked with handmade glass and ceramic artisans in Vermont. She then returned back to New York City where she continued to work within the product development field for brands including Martha Stewart and The Strand Bookstore.
Since then, Kat completed a Masters of Cultural Economics and Entrepreneurship at Erasmus University Rotterdam in The Netherlands. Her thesis explored the relationships between creativity, motivation, and the workplace, inspired by the influx of at-home working models due to the challenges of the pandemic. Kat aspires to disseminate her knowledge as a designer into the broader expanse that unites and facilitates the arts and cultural sectors.
On the side, Kat enjoys hand embroidery, researching new materials, opportunities for artistic collaborations, and rediscovering the intricacies of mutating cities.
Kat is also the hands behind the jewelry brand Kat’s Cradle Co. and the director of the event series, Stories.