Artists We Love: Katrin Coetzer

INTERVIEWED BY Lindi Brownell Meiring

Having recently collaborated on the exciting Shashe jewellery range with the talented Karin Rae of Dear Rae, we decided it was about time we caught up with Cape Town artist Katrin Coetzer to find out more about her work and what she has planned for 2016.

Tell us about your collaboration with Dear Rae on the new Shashe range.

After spending some time at our family farm together in Botswana, Karin (from Dear Rae) and I took some time to develop a range of jewellery designs and illustrative forms alongside each other, with a view on producing a safari aesthetic we could call our own.

The collaborative process was open with the assumption that we understood each other’s ideas enough to meet at the end and combine our efforts to create visual and tactile harmony.


What do you love about collaboration?

Freelance illustrators might tell you that the profession is often lonely, so a chance to work on a project with a person whose vision you share and care about is always welcome.

Your Instagram bio states that you are inspired by “Mostly leafy things and breathing things.” How do these things inspire your creations?

Plants have always been central to the colours and forms from everyday life that I collect as phone snaps to store up for future visual reference. I can’t say why, only that the impulse to draw on vegetation and animals feels instinctual and part of my formative years.

What are your plans for 2016?

In 2016 I will continue primarily with editorial work and hope to open up some space for self-motivated small publishing projects. I’ll have a solo exhibition of my work in Madrid in June and I hope to travel and draw as much as possible.

View more of Katrin’s work online at