Kat Mariaca Studio was born out of the idea that stuff happens and it is not always pretty but if you look hard enough you can usually find a story in it once you stop trying to pretty it up for the neighbors and the children.
Katherine (the Kat behind Kat Mariaca Studio) was going through a pretty nasty divorce (aren't they all?) when she started making digital collages that spoke to her anger and disappointment. Called "Wife As: 101 Uses for a Used Wife", the collages eventually numbered more than 101 and while she never did anything with them other than stuff them in a drawer, the idea of telling a story in both words and images made her happy.
Later, when she was writing her second novel, The Stages of Grace, Katherine made her protagonist a cartoonist. Grace's gig was creating a cartoon about a divorced single mom called "Alli's Fair", as in "all is fair in love and war." To get a better feel for Grace's life, Katherine taught herself how to write and draw cartoons and even included a couple of them in the final novel.
While working on The Stages of Grace, Katherine returned to school to earn her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. One of her biggest lessons learned was that oftentimes less is more. So she set a goal to write a book of short stories, boiling story and sentiments down to the barest of minimums. The Complication of Sisters, a book about the relationship between sisters, was the result.
It turns out that a lot of people loved The Complication of Sisters and in addition to buying the book, they began to ask for cards and prints of some of the stories. So she re-worked the stories into card and print format.
And kind of fell into the greeting card industry.
Today, Katherine creates a number of distinct lines, each with its own theme, voice and style. These include:
Postal Notes Greetings, the backbone of Kat Mariaca Studio, has cards for every occasion,
Let's Pretend (it didn't happen) offers laugh-out-loud (and often cringe-worthy) Story Cards about all the things we've done that we wish everyone would forget,
Sage Street Greetings is a line of real cards for real life. It addresses important life events such as addiction and divorce,
Complications, a line of cards and gifts that address the complicated relationships we have.
And, coming in 2017, Kat Mariaca Studio will expand to include Taken Literally Story Cards, cards about a world where words can be taken literally, and Frank & Folly Greetings, cards and gifts that question things we take for granted.