PIK Kate

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PIK Kate

Welcome to the newest and most exciting bit of my blog. PIK: People I know. Featuring friends, family and new acquaintances. Stylish individuals in one way or another, these peeps featured will be good ones. It will be interesting to see where it goes, so don’t expect the same type of post for each PIK feature! So anyways…

I bustled into Kudu coffee; late, messy and in head-to-to sweaty lululemon. As I flopped my tote on the countertop, I glance up to see Kate’s big smile and friendly wave. I’m thinking, “I look horrid and I am late to everything.” Quickly, I order the usual almond milk chai, iced of course, seeing as it is eighty degrees on this glorious Charleston day.

I take a seat, and we knock out the information of the shoot and this post. Now I have only spoken to Kate Waddell a few times, but I am immediately comfortable with her. Upon collaborating with fellow creatives, it is important to get all the details and right away. We slowly phase out of business chat and I’m able to settle down and take in Kate. Kate is just as interested in others as she is interesting herself. She’s quite lovely, I’m noticing. I’ve been around Kate several times, but have yet to have taken the time to get to know her. I have surely been missing out! Her effortless curls, simple black tee and light Our Spare Change accessories give her the most appealing minimalist style. She claims to pay no attention to fashion but her laid-back ensemble screams Madewell lookbook. Not to mention her soft character and energetic voice are incredibly enticing!

It is near graduation at the College of Charleston and Kate is in the home stretch of seeing her degree. Her college career at one of the most inspiring campuses is coming to a close, but her life is not leading her outside of Charleston just yet. I begin to pester at her post-grad life, “So what are your plans?” I incorrectly assumed that, she as an artist would either have some random job lined up or no plan at all. I was happily surprised when Kate informed me of her space at Redux Contemporary Art Center for the next year. Alongside prominent Charleston artists such as Teil Duncan, Lulie Wallace and Blakely Little; Kate is storming into the professional world and into a posse of kind-hearted and motivated artists.

Kate has become close to Teil and is really able to comprehend succeeding as an artist. She is able to understand being a young businesswoman in order to maintain a career as an artist. It is admirable to understand the responsibilities of the real world and have the drive to do what you love as work.

Kate is going to thrive as a post-grad and she will not lose the classic inspiration that Charleston offers. Her humble attitude will take her far and her motivation to create will inspire many. Kate’s current pieces have a natural and electric farm-feel. She said she started with a rooster, and it just blossomed from there! The collection, “Hen and Her,” will be available for purchase and friendly viewing this week!

To kick off her life as an adult, Kate will have a show at Candlefish on Wentworth this Thursday, May 7. I am so excited for Kate’s journey, as are most her loved ones here in Charleston! Come join some of the best people in Charleston, at a perfect candle shop with Kate’s lovely art.

Getting to know Kate through this process was an absolute delight! She will be a wonderful artist to follow as she explores her freedom into adulthood. Charleston and Redux Studios is lucky to have her!

“There are two ways of spreading the light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” Edith Wharton

JOIN Kate this Thursday!

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Check out her ART

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A girl after my own heart… avo life for days.

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Holla at Redux! Pay this place a visit!

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Welcome to her little studio!

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Hiding behind her breakfast. This picture is one of my favorites from this shoot, because it gives me mad giggles.

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Photographed at Redux Contemporary Art Center, pictures taken by me. Styled by me, Hannah Rice.

Kate is wearing J Brand Blouse in Flamingo, Joie plaid tank and Mary Frances Flowers cuff. White Finicky Filly button down, Joie tank with Gorjana pendant necklace and triangle necklace. ℅ Finicky Filly

{Kate is wearing her own jeans and sandals}

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Event at Candlefish photograph credited to Kate Waddell and her graphic designer.

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