Kate in her Nashville home studio.

Kate’s Story

Little Things Studio brings beauty and truth to the special spaces in your life through art prints, calendars, cards and bookmarks. Mississippi-born and Nashville-based artist Kate Whitley weaves word and image with lush floral designs, vibrant and vintage color schemes and lovely hand-lettering of hymns, songs and quotes.

I’m from the small, Southern town of Yazoo City, Mississippi. If you talk to me, you’ll think I’m faking my accent. But it’s for real. My first degree was in Public Relations, and I worked in the corporate office of a bank. I hated my job and decided to go back to school for graphic design at Mississippi State University. I had not taken an art class since I was eleven. I didn’t even know there were different weights of pencils. Becoming a graphic designer felt like I was getting my life back. I’ve never been happier.

My thick Southern accent comes with a big personality, a love of color, and design, and passions for food, hymns and history. My work is heavily influenced by folk art, including Scandinavian, Russian, Native American art. I strive to put depth and truth in my work to communicate the joys and sorrows of life. Little Things Studio is an extension of me. I make work that I want to see out in the world and that I need myself. It’s a joy, privilege and honor to be able to do this work. I love getting to know my customers and hearing how my work has ministered to them in dark seasons.

Little Things Studio is located in the top floor of my house in East Nashville, Tennessee, where I live with my husband Dave, daughter Agnes, and cat Weezie.

About Little Things Studio Products

At Little Things Studio, we value quality, eco-friendliness, and working with local, family-owned businesses. We print on earth-friendly paper and work with Lithographics, a Nashville, family-owned and FSC certified printer.

All of the type and designs on Little Things Studio products are hand-drawn by Kate. While drawing and hand-lettering, Kate works in a Strathmore recycled paper sketchbook with a pencil, a ruler, a Staedtler eraser, a Kuretake brush pen (the Japanese make the best brush pens!), and a Bic Z4 0.5mm pen. After drawing and hand-lettering, Kate colors and manipulates her designs on the computer, using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.