Hi! I’m Cat Snapp, the creator of Cat Snapp Studio. And yes, that’s my real name. I live and work in Everett, Washington, where I create in my studio with an antique letterpress, an etching press and a versatile work table my husband, Mike, built for me as a Christmas present when I was just starting out.
Though I didn’t always know that I’d become a professional artist, I've created art since I was a kid. I remember drawing pictures of Frankenstein’s monster with my parents on our couch when I was 6, making “Choose-Your-Own-Adventure” style books when I was 12 and falling in love with the impression of ink on paper in my first undergrad etching class at the University of Central Florida. It wasn't until the end of my first year of grad school at the University of North Texas that I was sure in my path as an artist.
CAT SNAPP STUDIO
Cat Snapp Studio started when I received my Master of Fine Arts degree and began making blank journals and greeting cards as a fun side project. And pretty soon, I realized that my fun side project was much more than that. It turned into a passion, and as it grew, I knew that I was doing something I’d always loved. I’m an Air Force brat, and often, writing to friends on my Lisa Frank stationery or DIY greeting cards was my only way to stay in touch. And I found a way to process life’s events through journal writing. It was then that I learned how a handwritten letter can brighten up the gloomiest day. Mail, tangible mail, brings delight as the handwriting on the envelope jumps out of the mailbox, bypassing the junk mail and bills. And journal writing can be a powerful and beneficial form of expression. It’s a place to collect one’s thoughts and try to understand what’s happening in the world around you. Among all of the incredible digital tools incorporated into our lives, there is still power in ink on paper, and that’s why Cat Snapp Studio exists!
The patterns in my work are influenced by motifs from my Samoan and Mexican heritage, as well as symbols of my own design. Many of the colors I use are inspired by the Pacific Northwest landscape — vivid changes in the sky throughout the seasons, the stark silhouette of the skyline at last light, the luscious texture and color in the vegetation (especially moss and ferns!), the color striations of rocks in the riverbed, and the light shows you see at music festivals. My designs are bold, quirky and elegant. They walk the line between serious and goofy, practical and sentimental.
My products are brought to life through the marriage of old and new technology. My home studio, a one-car garage with unfinished drywall, no windows and two electrical outlets, is where I keep my presses — a Chandler & Price 10x15 New Style letterpress named Vaiola and a Takach etching press named Gloria, after my grandmothers. I start with hand-drawn designs and use my presses, computer and photopolymer plates to create. All my letterpress cards and journals are done by hand — hand-drawn, hand-printed and hand-sewn. When you buy and use my products, I want you to be excited about writing a note or jotting down a thought. I hope that by holding something tangible and handmade it highlights a moment in your day that doesn’t involve a screen. And when your mom, or lover, or cousin twice-removed receives one of my cards, I want it to give them joy and make them feel appreciated. Because I put love and joy and sweat and genuine excitement into everything I make for Cat Snapp Studio.