Hiya! My name is Cate (like Kate but with a 'C'). In the fall of 2015 I, then a full-time professional photographer & filmmaker, suffered a sever back injury. Everything I did for a living, I was told I shouldn't be doing anymore. Hearing this was devastating at first but I decided there was only one thing I could do. I could chose to look at this unfortunate situation as a fresh start.
While recovering and waiting for answers on my health I started researching what new skills I could learn...from the couch. I had always wanted to learn graphic design and hand-lettering so I decided to give that ago. After months and months of online courses, research and a whole lot of practice, Cate Shaner Design was born. The company initially started out as online shop selling hand-lettered gifts but it quickly turned into something much bigger.
Cate Shaner Design launched in the fall of 2016, a full year after I felt the call start a hand-lettering shop. I continued taking online courses in typography and graphic design to hone my skills even more. If you had told me back in 2015 that I would be here, I would have laughed in your face. This isn't the path I expected to be on but honestly it's a whole lot better!
My hope is that my graphic/web design work, hand-made fonts, surface patterns, hand-lettering, and online shop products inspire you to design the life of your dreams, no matter what life throws at you, just like I did!