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about the understorey

The Understorey is the work of a walker, who finds pleasure in small and often overlooked details, (a seedpod, native blossom, or abalone shell) and draws on her ‘utmost love and attention’ of the environment to inform and build a design practice. The Understorey name reflects a multi-layered design process, which builds up from the roots to develop work of creative integrity and quality. Inspired by tiny details, The Understorey blossoms from these quiet beginnings into a complete and resolved design.

Each project is a new exploration, which allows fresh paths to be trodden, and new shoots to take root. Katie, the face of The Understorey, embraces the process of transformation, from the unfurling of the initial idea through to the final resolved project. This practice driven approach means each design is embedded with references to its environment, and is an authentic expression of the places and people involved.

Katie is an adventurous designer. She loves to explore the vast and varied terrains of the wild Tasmanian landscape, and a strong sense of place informs and inspires her work. Intuitive, questioning and determined, Katie has nurtured her design prowess across a broad range of sectors from print and media publication through to brand management and identity. She has worked with some of Hobart’s most prolific creative agencies, contracted as a designer to a number of government agencies (including Parks and Wildlife Tasmania) and has built a strong and diverse suite of skills and experience. 

If you have a business, a project or an idea close to your heart, Katie is happily available to discuss and see how she can help collaborate, create and grow with you.

“With the utmost love and attention the man who walks must study and observe every smallest living thing, be it a child, a dog, a fly, a butterfly, a sparrow, a worm, a flower, a man, a house, a tree, a hedge, a snail, a mouse, a cloud, a hill, a leaf…’
– Robert Walser

The Under Storey