MEET THE ARTIST: Katherine Quinn

MEET THE ARTIST: Katherine Quinn

Come along and meet the artists behind our stationery collections! Today we are saying hello to Katherine Quinn, a prolific illustrator based in rural New Zealand. Katherine is the artist behind our popular Whale Song and Dino Mighty ranges. She is also the illustrator of multiple wonderful children's books, and you can also wear her illustrations in the form of wonderful printed fabrics! We adore Katherine and her witty, playful, and richly textured artwork. Read on for a Q&A in Katherine's Words.


Where do you live? I live with my family on a small hill at the edge of a large organic farm in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand. 

Where do you work? I worked part time for 21 years at a local college where I ordered all the art supplies for the students. I quit two years ago and have been working full time from home in my kitchen studio.

Favourite media? I used to use water colour pencils and scan my drawings into photoshop to clean up but late last year I started working in Procreate to speed up my process and I love how it allows me to be more adventurous with ideas.

Where do you find inspiration? I find a lot of inspiration from the farm life around me and also going on road trips around the country…. Lots of crazy cool stuff out there.

Favourite Roger la Borde collection? I find it really hard to decide between the dinosaurs and the whales… they are both a big passion of mine… probably the dinosaurs in winter and the whales in summer. I had admired Roger la Borde products for years and It is such a thrill to see my work featuring on their stationery!  The biggest excitement was when I say a Pop & Slot Advent Calendar in a local gift shop! I let out a little shout and the shop lady asked if I was ok! Ha ha. (RLB note: This makes us so happy to hear!)

Favourite product? I think it would have to be the pop and slots! They are so clever and so much fun to put together.



  • Lined journals or blank journals? Lined journals for writing and blank for drawing
  • Creative process: digital or analogue materials? Digital
  • Writing inside a RLB lasercut card or on the back panel? Back panel
  • Tea or coffee? Coffee
  • Cats or dogs? Normally it would be cats but this week it is dogs… We have a cat but I don’t want to talk about her at the moment as she pooped on our couch!  


Describe your work in 5 words: I always find describing my work hard... but these are words other people have used and am pleased they have found these words in my work...  fun, quirky, calming, charming, distinctive.

See Katherine Quinn's stationery range here.

Visit Katherine Quinn’s website here.

Thank you so much, Katherine!



Helena Maratheftis
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