Hey there, my name is Kaylee Horner and welcome to my online portfolio! A born and raised Kansan, I am currently a junior at Kansas State University studying Apparel Marketing with a minor in Art. My family is very important to me, my biggest supporters and best friends. I spend what (little) free time I have hanging out with my friends and scrolling through Pinterest for inspiration and other social media outlets. I enjoy attending sporting events and watching comedies, sports movies…and the occasional girly romantic comedy.
How I Got Here
Growing up I wasn’t ever too interested in clothes, but I loved creating things on the computer. When I was in middle school, I spent my summers teaching myself HTML, some CSS, and teaching myself basic graphic design principles. Once I got to high school, I began taking classes that focused on Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator and fell in love. Throughout high school I worked on various projects including creating banners and posters for school events, business cards, and some digital content. My junior and senior year, the school purchased a vinyl cutter and started utilizing an old screen printing press…this is when the interest in apparel began.
I dabbled with the new equipment, but didn’t spend too much time with it, considering my teacher kept me mostly working with print materials. However, my freshman year of college I was offered a job at a local t-shirt shop and that is when I really fell in love with the apparel industry. I worked with heat transfer vinyl and CorelDraw heavily and moved to screen printing a year later.
I love creating something on screen and figuring out what garment it would look best on and being able to see the process from start to finish; such a rewarding feeling. After working that job, I knew that the apparel market would be for me. During the Fall 2016 semester, I worked as a Graphic Artist intern at GTM Sportswear in Manhattan, KS. Through that experience and a typography class, I gained an immense amount of knowledge of Illustrator and InDesign.
In the future, I hope to own my own custom apparel company or work for one that specializes in apparel for sports teams.