Low on gas and hungry for something more substantial than microwaved noodles (we know, we don't understand either), Katie was a college kid strapped for cash. Without any formal drawing education, she began selling doodles to friends –– and soon they were scramblin' for more. As a designer, she no longer comes up with pattern ideas during physics lectures, instead opting for the precise detail that comes with computer-generated drawing. A New Orleans native, her company name isn't the only nod to the Big Easy – every pattern she makes is heavily inspired by those Louisiana roots.