I love paper and I love flowers and I love love love the work that Kate Alarcón creates as The Cobra Lily! Kate hand makes unusual paper flowers and plants here in the Pacific Northwest. Kate has just started to sell small releases of single blooms and small arrangements that are to die for and she also teaches workshops. A trip down to Seattle to take one of her classes is totally on my to do list this year! Enjoy getting to know Kate in the interview below.
Who are you, what do you do and where in the world are you?
I'm a paper flower maker and teacher, just out side Seattle.
What do you believe in?
In no particular order: kindness, curiosity, honesty, compassion, justice, humor, creativity, beauty, hard work, community, competition, and love.
When do you feel your most wonderful?
I don't think I could pick just one wonderful situation, so I'll offer three that happened very recently. While walking in the sunshine with my two and a half year old daughter last week, we got into an argument about whether some flowers we found were pansies or primroses. That was pretty wonderful. And last weekend, my seven year old scored a goal in soccer, and we did our secret (and fairly complicated) high five as he ran off the field. And I made progress on this cactus design I've been wanting to do for a long time, which was a thrill.
What is something wonderful that has happened that would have never have happened if you hadn't made a mistake or a wrong turn somewhere?: We had a fairly disastrous relocation experience moving from the northeast to the pacific northwest two years ago--it seemed like everything went exactly wrong in ways we had never thought to expect. But, while we were doing fine there, I feel like, as a family, we're flourishing here in ways we hadn't thought to hope for. I probably would never have started putting my work out into the world had we not made this move, and that's been life-changing for me.
What is the earliest time in your life that you can remember experiencing wonder?
My dad took me fishing starting when I was little. We would stand on the big rocks and cast our lines into the pacific ocean, and sometimes catch a fish. At home, when we were gutting them, he would show me how to slice open their stomachs to see what they had been eating. To be able to catch such an intimate glimpse of life underwater was so profound to me. And I appreciate that my parents shared their own wonder at the natural world with me.
Who are three wonderful people you think we need to know about?