Feature: Katie Cadamatre | Sketchbook Closet


Katie Cadamatre is an illustrator and designer living in the NY metro area and the talent behind one of my favorites, Sketchbook Closet. Every post on her aptly described 'fashion illustration style journal' is accompanied by a custom illustration and lady never fails to impress. Katie is so talented and has worked with clients such as Abercrombie & Fitch, Osh Kosh B'Gosh, Tiltworks, Inc., and American Eagle Outfitters to name a few. If you haven't done so already, do check out her amazing illustrations on her blog and impressive portfolio on her website. x

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I was born in Seoul, Korea but was adopted by Italian-Irish parents. I'm incredibly close to my family, but I value the six months I was able to spend abroad in Seoul learning Korean heritage, culture, art, and language. For me, finding balance between being adopted and being Korean was an important process in my life. I'm so thankful for my awesome family and journey. I like mentoring young adoptees […] in case they need some insider advice.


Going to (private room) karaoke is one of my favorite things to do; I rarely pass up the chance. Singing is one of my secret loves. My fantasy job is "pop star.”


Playing video games is something I grew up with. It was one of the only things my older brother would let me do with him. I still enjoy it. My love for it is actually what got my boyfriend's attention. Enough so that he messaged me to ask my game stats and if I'd like to go to his birthday party.


I'm obsessed with popcorn; I eat it about every day. Right now I'm in love with this contraption our friends gave us for Christmas. It's basically a glorified glass jar (from Sur La Table) that lets you put kernels in it and zap them in the microwave. I used to stove pop but this is tool makes it easier and much faster! I LOVE IT!


Drawing is something I cannot live without. Fortunately, I've found a way to incorporate my hobby into my career. I hope everyone is as lucky as me, but it didn't come easily or without a lot of hard work and sacrifice! But for something you love, it's worth it, right?

(all images used with permission via Sketchbook Closet)