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Hi! Party Krill is a moniker for Kate J. Reed, an illustrator and surface designer who loves patterns and pictures that tell stories. Here you'll find various patterns, prints, and illustrations.

Party Krill is part Kate's illustration work and part shop. Throughout the year, my goal is to bring playful and pretty patterns, prints, and illustrations to accompany people on their wild adventures. And sometimes I put that work on cards and wrapping paper and the odd piece of pottery. If you want to stay updated, sign up for the newsletter at the bottom of the page here!


Party Krill was started with the classic story of someone looking for the perfect card and not being able to find one. That person was Kate and she wanted something a little pretty, a little funny, and a little rough around the edges. Oh, yeah, and recyclable. So she started making cards and party invitations for her friends. At the time, she was working as a development director at a non-profit, a fulfilling and challenging job.


But when she had her second child, she thought about her dreams for her kids. Which led her to consider her own dreams. She asked that big, scary, can't-turn-back-from question: "Is this what I dreamed for my life?" She wanted her kids to grow up knowing that having kids did not mean abandoning your dreams, and she figured the best way to pass on that knowledge was to live it herself. 


Over the next few years, she started drawing and painting every night when the kids went to bed, taught herself Illustrator and Photoshop, and eventually quit her job to found Party Krill. She's a bit in over her head, but she likes it that way. 

Party Krill is available for art licensing and various illustration services.

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