I’m Katrien, founder and designer of Kathings. I live with my husband and 2 wonderfull kids in the city center of Antwerp.
When I was a kid, I always loved making stuff, from birth announcement cards for my newborn baby fish to little inventions (like soft wool covered scissorhandles. really!) that made schoollife for me and my classmates “easier”.
Fast forward, I studied graphic design at St-Lucas Antwerp and worked as a designer ever since.
My deep care and love for our planet, and my ongoing search and curiosity for the art of living a good life are a big inspiration for my work. My drawings remind me everyday how I want to walk the world: celebrating life, smiling, gratefull, giving, connecting and growing together, making the earth even more beautiful.
In short, sending out love, to everyone.
LOVE FOR THE WORLD
We want everybody to receive love & smiles!
There are thousands of people and organisations that support people, animals and a world in need.
We donate 1% of gross sales directly to environmental nonprofits.
Every Kathings collection supports another wonderfull and strong initiative.
So, you’re not only sending out love to your loved ones, but to the whole world!
Check out these amazing organisations you can support by buying our cards.
PLASTIC SOUP FOUNDATION
Their mission: ‘No plastic waste in our water!’ As one of the leading advocacy groups to tackle plastic pollution, this Amsterdam-based team wants to put an end to the increasing amount of plastic polluting the ocean by tackling the issue at its sources. Think of microplastics in cosmetics or synthetic fibres from clothing. These all end up in the ocean one way or another. Be aware, Get educated, Find solutions.
“OCEAN” collection supports PLASTIC SOUP FOUNDATION
SOS Mother Child Hospital in Togo
Healthcare in Kara – Togo is scarce. A lot of woman and children don’t have any acces to basic medical treatment. 1 child in 12 dies before the age of 5. The SOS Medical Centre provides over 30,000 patients a year with treatment. It provides general in-patient care for children and mothers and a maternity ward. It also runs seminars on nutrition.
“WELCOME BABY” collection supports SOS Mother Child Hospital in Kara-Togo
FOREST FOR EVERYONE - BOS VOOR IEDEREEN - Natuurpunt
There are too few valuable forests in Flanders. Natuurpunt wants more. Every year they look for a new, ideal location for planting a forest, with the emphasis on forests in the proximity of residential areas.
Last year, Natuurpunt planted more than 34,000 trees at 6 locations in Flanders. The best way to plant strong forest is to buy the ground they’re standing on. In this way the trees can grow into mighty forests full of life. Forests that can stay.
“FLOWERS” collection supports Forest for everyone – BOS VOOR IEDEREEN – Natuurpunt.
OPERATION SMILE - Doctors of the world
Operation Smile is an international medical charity that has provided hundreds of thousands of free surgeries for children and young adults in developing countries who are born with cleft lip, cleft palate or other dental and facial conditions in resource-poor environments.
“PARTY ANIMALS” collection supports OPERATION SMILE – Dokters van de wereld.
ZERO POACHING project WWF
Poaching threatens our most iconic wildlife. WWF and Zero Poaching have created a toolkit to stop poaching in its tracks, based on Assesment, Technology, Capacity, Community, Prosecution and Cooperation. When used together, these tools can stop poaching.
“WILD ANIMALS” collection supports the ZERO POACHING PROJECT – WWF Belgium.
UNICEF works in over 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. They work day-in day-out in the world’s toughest places to reach the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children and their families. Delivering results for children and young people is their driving force. All children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world.
“INSPIRATIONAL COLORS” collection supports UNICEF for children in need
GREETINGS FROM ANTWERP
Every Kathings design is made in Antwerp, our hometown.
We use 100% green energy, the printing process is CO2 neutral, using vegetal inks and recycled FSC labeled paper.
Because we love our planet.