Hiya! My name is Cate, like Kate but with a "C". I opened Cate Shaner Design + Lettering back in 2016, but back then I was just selling encouraging hand-lettered gifts items under the name Grace Kindly (because I was trying to be clever and pick a name that represented spreading grace and kindness). My story is a little different than most though, I fell into graphic design and lettering because of a back injury that forced me to completely change my career trajectory. I learned graphic design and lettering while icing my back on the couch for the better part of 2016. Fast forward, and today Grace Kindly has turned into Cate Shaner Design + Lettering and has created more opportunities for me than I could have ever imagined. I like to say I'm an entrepreneur not by choice but by necessity. Working for myself was the only way I knew how to continue to bring in income while dealing with health challenges. It allows me the flexibility to rest when my body tells me to and to cultivate a life of wellness while doing what I love!
My mission with Cate Shaner Design + Lettering is to inspire creative business owners through design & lettering and to empower them through healthy living. I'm passionate about helping creatives design the life of their dreams while never having to sacrifice their health along the way. Building this company while cultivating wellness was that experience for me, and I want to share that with others.