Flapper Doodle Interview

I asked Kate Gabrielle of Flapper Doodle to do an interview months ago, and I know I’m a bit of a mess even online, but my sincere apologies to Kate for taking forever on it. When I asked her these questions, she was a complete stranger and knew little of her. Overtime, we have become meme’s via Flickr and Twitter. I’m completely fascinated not only by her drawings, but getting to know her, I can see where her inspiration comes from. She has even inspired me to get out of my modern box and Netflix some amazing classic films she loves and blogs about here.

Not only is she herself adorable, but so is her Etsy shop. In July, her shop was voted, “the most promising new shop on Etsy“. After reading her introduction, I believe you will find her completely endearing as I do.

What is it about the flapper era that appeals so much to you?

For one thing, it represents the idea that liberated women could have rights and privileges, yet could still be considered “the fair sex” at the same time. Even though we won the right to vote, men still held the doors open for women. Women got dressed up just to go to the grocery store. Manners weren’t yet extinct! It was a nice balance between freedom and respect.

In addition to that, I just adore the movies, the fashion, the music and the feel of the era. It was after The Great War, but before the Depression. A carefree time!

When did you first start drawing and when did you start marketing yourself?

I started drawing as soon as my little hands could grip a crayon! I started selling my art in 2005 (well, I started trying to sell it in 2005!)

What’s your favorite drawing and why?

Hmm… that’s a tough one! I think I like “Unlike Eloise, Ramona had mastered the hula hoop” and “Eloise as Audrey Hepburn” the most. Usually I get hooked on my most recent drawing or painting.

You love the vintage and glamour era- what’s your favorite film and what actress resonates?

My favorite film is Sullivan’s Travels. There are a million reasons why I like it, but the main reason is that it tells a story of why film is so important to people. My favorite actress is definitely Barbara Stanwyck! Comedy, drama, melodrama, mystery — she could do anything! I could watch her films a million times each.

I would never think that a 2D photo can have so much character. I can’t decide if it’s the hair, the position you draw them in. What is it that gives them so much personality?

I’m not actually sure! The personality just kind of shows up… It could be the little frown I give them? They seem to have a life of their own!

I was checking out your etsy shop and i noticed you have a few other shops and the art is amazing, but so different from each form. What other activities do you love doing that involve the arts?

I love re-designing rooms! I just re-did my studio/bedroom this month and had a blast doing it! I also love scrapbooking with my mom. We have weekend sprees where we just watch old movies, eat chips and scrapbook for two days straight!

I was reading your family is very artistic on your etsy home page. Were they the ones that influenced you?

Definitely. They always encouraged me to draw and paint (I got my first easel for Christmas when I was 4!) and their own creativity has rubbed off on me. My mom always made handmade birthday cards for me, and my dad has been giving me original art for presents since I was little. Recently my little brother has started a photography shop, too! He actually won “Best in Show” at the very first art show he was in! Can you tell I’m proud of my family? ;)


Thank you, Kate for giving me the opportunity to interview you. Of course, I couldn’t interview her without giving something from her shop, that would just be a big tease :P

I browsed her shop for a couple months and fell in love with everything. However, I have a soft spot for stationery. I had the opportunity to scoop up this adorable stationery set, and writing a letter is such a treat these days.

EDIT: Sorry, I forgot to mention what the stationery has

-20 Sheets of printed paper

-5 each of 4 designs
(Eloise and Ramona ride a bicycle)
(Alone at home with nobody to see her, Ramona dances the Tango)
(Eloise and Ramona go shopping)
(Eloise and Ramona eating Neapolitan ice cream)

-10 Sheets of Paper

-10 Envelopes

-4 handmade stickers

You have no idea how tempted I am to keep this for myself!

The Rules to Enter:

-Leave a comment on why you still write letters. All commentary is open to this post but I’d like to give this to someone that still appreciates the lost art of a written letter.

-This is open to all international readers, and you need not have a blog, just leave an email.

-The giveaway ends Sunday evening, and I’ll choose and announce a winner then.

For extra entries:

-Visit her blog Flapper Doodle and say hello from our.city.lights.

-If you blog, or Twitter this, leave me a comment with the link.

Thank you, Kate!

Check out her shop here!

Check out one of my favorite blogs she contributes to here.

Her Flickr

Her Twitter

Her website

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34 Responses to Flapper Doodle Interview

  • I always write handwritten thank you notes and thinking of you notes. Forget emails and texts. Telling someone you appreciate them by hand means the world to some people, like me, and a few minutes to write out gratitude is worth the 44 cent stamp to brighten someone's day!

  • I am a designer and ever since I was at uni I discovered paper, good paper and how fabulous it feels, to fold, to cut and to write. I now collect all sorts of paper from insides of envelopes, perfume test papers, wrapping paper to name a few. My paper box is over flowing. My paper is very precious to me. I want to use it so much but scared incase I make the wrong choice in time to use it and therefore waste it. However writing a letter is what I do most with my paper, especially to my loved one. I love writing him notes, quotes and letters to express my love through words and drawings. He keeps all the paper pieces I make him which include an origami dove letter made from a belgium map and a whole book of love letters made from limited scraps of paper from my paper box. Everything I hand him one over his face lights up and that is what I like most about writing letters.

  • I like to write letters, because I think it makes people feel special. You know that feeling when you get home and there post for you? That kind of, excited buzz, that "someone cares about me" rush? I like giving that to people. Also, it's fun to write them! I use colored ink pens and pretty stationary. I take care in addressing the envelopes, getting a bit OCD over making sure the stamp is straight. In fact, I love letter writing so much, I blogged about it:http://thegintastedliketeenrebellion.blogspot.com/2009/08/youre-all-turquoise-ink-and-exclamation.htmlI've always said I was born in the wrong age…

  • I love this designer. Thanks for sharing her work and the interview! So sweet. I'm trying to write more letters. It's nice to have tangible evidence of communication. Plus it's so much prettier to receive a note or card versus printing an email from someone.

  • drollgirl says:

    i love her drawings and can't wait to visit her shop!i am a big fan of the hand-written thank you card. i am crazy for stationary and it gives me an excuse to always buy more! :)

  • Christine says:

    How nice:)Handwritten means you have taken the time to care for someone:)

  • Midtown Girl says:

    Thank you cards are always handwritten ( I think I owe you one, no? lol).I am still in love with handwritten letters from the heart and I take to pen & paper here & then, just so that I can make sure my handwriting doesn't look like chicken scratch!XOXO Amy

  • Naomi Rose says:

    Not entering because I already have so many goodies from you, but OMG Neapolitan Napoleon? <3 x 1000000000000000000000000!

  • Chloe says:

    Oh my goodness, I love her stuff! That stationary kit is adorable. I remember having a penpal in elementary school. I really miss the way things used to be done. It's not that emails and text messages don't mean as much these days, but there is something about getting a personal hand-written letter that is so meaningful. The other day I was looking through old letter that I have. It's so much neater looking at those over looking through old emails. So cute! She is very talented! Great interview Diana!

  • I like handwritten letters and notes because they are so special and personal and nice to give and receive, and they also tend to be deeper and longer than an e-mail! The moment of opening a letter from a friend or family member cant be compared with anything else, really… it is almost magical! ;O)

  • Jackie says:

    I write letters to my friend, Stephanie. We went to high school together for two years where we were just acquaintances. She moved away her junior year, and I moved my senior year. We've been sending letters to each other ever since (about 4 or 5 years now), and instead of acquaintances, she is one of my best friends.In fact…I think I'm long overdue (and receiving a letter written on this stationary would make my friend's day!)

  • Hanako66 says:

    I can't tell you how much I enjoy the name Flapper Doodle!!!I don't feel quite right entering (with our current contest and all:), but that set is so darling, that I may pick one up!!!

  • Bug says:

    Oh, I absolutely love her drawings, she is super talented. LOVED reading the interview.I love and still write letters, because its a romantic form of communication that involves sweet details of text and pictures, intricately composed.http://inbugsdrawers.blogspot.com

  • Dooder City says:

    Oh my gosh I totally want this stationary. Ok ok, I write letters because I like incorporating some sort of collage that comes along with the hand written note. For example, two weeks ago I wrote my buddy a letter and had a cut out pasted at the bottom of Rhianna and wrote 'don't let Chris Brown get you down' kinda silly.

  • Sam says:

    Writing letters and getting them is a real treat in my opinion! I have a couple of proper old fashion pen pals I write to (one in New Zealand and one in England) and there's also my boyfriend's mother and so I go through stationery quite quicky for that reason so I'm always on the hunt for more. Kate is a true talent – I've had a look at all her shops and they are totally unique and amazing! The cutie pie flapper character is delightful! ….now off to tweet!

  • ana b. says:

    The linework is really amazing. I think that's what gives the wee figures so much character. It's amazing how an angle in corner can completely change the emotion of an illustrated character.

  • ana b. says:

    Oh frig, to enter the giveaway I was supposed to say why I still write letters. Sorry, love! Blame my fried brain.I like the act of putting pen to paper because it's a completely different tactile experience from keyboard and computer. The smell of certain inks, the scrape of nibs on paper, the pale blue ruled lines on a page, the way the light shines through a piece of paper held up to the light — it's an experience which is slowly lost and deserves to be retained.

  • Milly says:

    Ahh i love flapper girls too! I love sending and receiving letters much more than emails, taking time out of our busy lives to write a few words to someone is so important. Letters last forever, whereas digital mail doesn't!

  • Rebecca says:

    How awesome! :) I still write letters because I love getting letters back — one of the best surprises is getting a lovely letter in the mail!

  • fantastic interview (as always). i'm not entering this giveaway b/c i just got a stationary set in the mail yesterday (LOOOOVE it). i also just put up some prints in my office and they are already cheering the space up (can't wait to have your piece in here too!)

  • Parapluie says:

    Oh, this is nice, I love her drawings! I really love writing letters, I even have some sealing wax and seal stamp. I used to have a pen pal a few years ago but it didn't really work so I'm only regularly writing to my grandma, which is nice, too :) She's ever so happy when receiving a letter

  • Great read for my day. Makes me want to chop off my hair! Get a cute little bob or something fun?! Maybe…just maybe. :)

  • miriam says:

    i love handwritten letters, but right now i can't think of anything clever to say…but it's a lovely interview, she's very talent so will def have to get myself a copy!

  • yiqin; says:

    Great interview! Love the name flapper doodle!

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  • Gabbi says:

    Wonderful giveaway and interview… I love Kate's work. Especially especially, Neapolitan Napoleon. I don't know if I want to eat it or frame it!I love writing old fashioned, non-virtual letters quite selfishly because I love getting them. It's such a great feeling to open an envelope and see a loved ones writing on paper. Wishing you a lovely week dear Diana! PS. Gabs sometimes… also, Gaviota, Gabster and FlabbyGabbi… which I hate. :^)

  • vivianna says:

    Your blog is so lovely! I take any sponsors on my blog. :)

  • dapper kid says:

    Oh wow, what amazingly charming illustrations. I always choose the 20s and 30s as my favourite era, even if everyone else says the 60s. It's like she said, men were men and women were women, in that very romantic view. And I absolutely love Sullivan's Travels, Veronica Lake was amazing. I still write letters because for me, it is an extension of character which is thoughtfully given. I like tracing the words to get an idea of their handwriting, and through that maybe the emotions and thoughts they had when writing it? That probably sounds weird, but I like to think it works. Hope you're having a beautiful day :)

  • Lexie says:

    is it bad that i want than neopolitan napoleon to hang in my classroom one day? i write letters because i am still in college and use a campus box .. and there is NOTHING like getting a letter in the mail from one of my friends or sister, and i know in order to receive, i must give, give, give!

  • Ivette says:

    When I write a letter to someone I want them to know that I took my time to make their day and that they are important to me. When I receive handwritten letters I like looking at the penmanship that the other person has. I think that a person's handwrtiting says a lot about them and their personality that you can't see when your reading an e-mail. It's funny to receive a letter where the handwriting was rushed because that person was just dying to tell you something.Handwritten letters are so personal and they always make my day! I think the stationary just totally completes the letter and I've been dying to get a FlapperDoodle stationary kit. I love Kate for coming up with Eloise and the gang…. :D Dont know where to put my e-mail so here it is: yvette_3479@yahoo.com. THANKS FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO WIN THE CUTE KIT!

  • trishiekoh says:

    So cute…loving all the drawings!PS: you've always been on my blogroll, and you're definitely staying there!

  • carly says:

    i write letters because i love it. i love brightening someone else's day. it's so easy to write an email, but a hand written letter is the most sincerest way to keep in contact with people far away.

  • melly says:

    I love the 20s era so much! I wish i had a way to relive it somehow. Her drawings are wonderfully modern, sigh, charming.I write letters to let precious ones know i'm thinking of them. Actually more to give them a surprise in the mail, nothing beats that honestly. And also it gives me a chance to make something, put together pictures to create a collage or hand-draw something, i love doing that for friends.

  • Oh, hang on, my comment was the third one, but I forgot to leave my email… sorry! I hope it's okay to leave it here instead. =]It's:CharlotteTigwell@gmail.comRight. Yes.And, something I forgot to say before, thanks for the interveiw =]

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