We sat down with illustrator and activist Katie Grossbard to discuss the inspiration behind the her illustrations as well as her career and interests. Keep reading to learn more about Katie and her incredible illustrations. Katie has illustrated our PURPOSEfull TOTES inspired by the Women’s March and eco-conscious practices.
How did you get into illustration?
I took art classes for years and always loved drawing, but when I went to college, I didn’t really have time to do anything artistic. I wanted a creative outlet, so I started doing these sketches in my spare time and it became a fun hobby.
What is your favorite illustration you’ve done so far?
I always love drawing the Met Gala because the fashion is always exciting and interesting, but of course this sketch is also very special to me.
How did the Women’s March bag come about?
When Hannah approached me with the idea, I was so thrilled to do it! I felt like the marriage between my artwork, the March, and the messaging behind The Little Market was a seamless fit.
What inspired you to go to law school?
I was working in fashion for a major American brand in NYC during the 2016 election and was basically jolted into completely changing my trajectory. I felt like I needed to do something important, and in order to do that, I needed to gain more knowledge, so I decided to go to law school.
Tell us about your involvement with Women’s March LA.
I am close to the women who started Women’s March LA, and after going to the first women’s march in NYC, I was so excited to get to join them in my hometown. There (is) something so powerful about being surrounded by so many passionate people. I had felt this urge to do something and didn’t know what, and the March was the perfect outlet to direct my energy towards. Working behind the scenes was a no-brainer.
What is your advice for how to leverage creativity for social change?
I think it’s really about using your skills in whatever way possible to empower people and give voices to those that can’t speak for themselves. We are all capable of creating social change, whether that is with a drawing, a social media post, a dollar, or a vote.
Causes or interests you’re passionate about?
Voter registration, education, women’s empowerment, and baking cakes
What podcasts do you listen to?
What are you currently reading?
“Good and Mad” by Rebecca Traister and all of the law school books.
What woman has had the biggest impact on your life?
My grandmother, who taught me to always remind people you love them, to laugh with your whole heart, and to never eat off black plates.
Favorite quote or words you live by?
“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are” – E.E. Cummings
This article was originally published on January 7, 2019 and updated on April 15, 2019.