Type Tuesday: Kal Barteski

Kal Barteski's Work/Life illustration. 

Kal Barteski's Work/Life illustration. 

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For today's Type Tuesday, we have a special post featuring Work/Life 3 illustrator Kal Barteski. You might be familiar with Kal's "Link with Love" campaign as well as her exuberant prints of inspiring inky scrawls. She also has a profound fondness for polar bears and was recently honoured to present at TEDxManitoba.

I am pleased that Kal is part of Work/Life 3 and look forward to her work gracing the pages of the magazine at some point. Below is an excerpt from our interview.

 

Does your personal life (i.e. children, working from a home studio) affect your career?

I think that my personal life has definitely had an impact on my career. I work at home—which means I never really leave the "office". I also have three small children so I wholeheartedly recognize the value of leaving my work when my time is up for the day. I do not spend as much time with social media as the world would lead me to believe that I should. But, life trumps the internet and I draw my creativity from being fulfilled in my real life. It's been an interesting battle to learn from over the years and as my personal life has changed.

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How do you maintain a balance between your work and your life? (or not?)

I do my best to maintain balance by having set hours to "work" on my illustration and art. It is still a struggle to "fit things in" before I know I have to close the door and join my family. It has also been a gift to see how my work patterns and sequences have changed to meet my parenting/life needs.

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What is your ideal day?

My ideal days start early. I have breakfast with my husband and three funny girls, I walk my oldest daughter to kindergarten when our super-fantastic nanny arrives with a smile. And after that I get 8 solid hours to paint, draw, sketch and make my career dreams happen in my studio. I have lunch with the kids. I paint all afternoon before shutting the door and reuniting with my family for dinner, baths, games and bedtimes. Life is chaotic right now, but I love chaos. I've also found that I need to be creating art to be a good mom, wife, daughter and friend. It's a priority for me to give the ones I love my best self by creating a space and time that I can do that.

Kal Barteski at work. 

Kal Barteski at work.