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Meet Kaitlyn, the gal behind Relics of Mona

 
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Hello! I’m Kaitlyn, an illustrator and storyteller from Sonoma County, California, currently living in Indianapolis, Indiana. I’ve been an artist for as long as I can remember — creating characters, stories, and worlds that I cared so much about.
I’ve designed for a number of businesses including coffee shops, breweries, meaderies, etc. All of my clients have amazingly inspiring stories and I’m honored to be able to re-tell those stories through imagery!

A few fun tid-bits about me:

  • I love to bake (and eat) sweets!

  • As a child, the outdoor activity I looked forward to most was digging up pieces of obsidian at the local park.

  • I keep small trinkets that remind me of specific people, places and experiences in shoe boxes that I call “memory boxes.”

  • One of my favorite paintings is Fragonard’s “The Swing,” from one of my favorite art movements: Rococo.

 
 

What does Relics of Mona mean?

  • relic /rel-ik/ - an object surviving from an earlier time, especially one of historical or sentimental interest

  • mona /mo:na/ - old english origin for “moon”

Symbolism and ambiguity are important concepts in my work and are also reflected in my wedding designs. I like to think of wedding details as “Relics” that symbolize one of the most important days of your life.
“Mona” is a nod to my hometown in Sonoma County, California — and Sonoma actually translates to “valley of the moon”! Growing up amidst farmland and vineyards was bliss. Based on those memories, paying tribute to Sonoma through my name feels instinctual. “Mona” represents the euphoria one experiences when being in a place they love surrounded by the people they love, the feeling I experience when I am home.

 
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My “Relic” is a stone raccoon figurine that belonged to my grandmother. I have vivid memories of myself as a child sitting on her bedroom floor, playing with the figurine while she watched some sort of murder news coverage (as usual). When she passed, I claimed one of her rings, a jewelry box, and that stone raccoon. It may be the strangest object I own, but it’s definitely the most precious.
My grandmother is a major source of my inspiration. She was tough, intelligent and level-headed. She embodied what it meant to be a powerful woman. Channeling her spirit into my work has been my way of staying connected with her.

 
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