MEET THE CREATOR: Katharine Smith

Buffalo Gal owner Katharine Smith

WHITE RABBIT DESIGN.  I’ve been blessed to follow a path I truly love: the pursuit of art through design and illustration. As a child I adored the book “Alice in Wonderland” – fascinated with the wordplay and images – so the name was a natural when I started my graphic design and branding firm.

BUFFALO GALS.  In 2015, inspired by Buffalo’s resurgence, I created “Buffalo Gals” – Buffalove-themed note cards, prints, and gifts. Although my degree from SUNY Buffalo State University is in graphic design, my background is fine arts and illustration. I’d always hoped to get back to those roots, so this fulfills an enduring personal creativity.

BUFFALO, NY.  These designs are my love letters to our Queen City. I interpret what is original about Buffalo using vivid pop art colors and funky typefaces, old maps of Buffalo, vintage patterns, hearts, whimsical flowers. Inspiration comes from anywhere: faded signage on a 19th century derelict building, joyful flower gardens in the city, neon lights in a Buffalo dive bar. I combine the modern with the historic, Renaissance and Rust Belt – keeping some rough edges and grit – like our very city itself.