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40 Questions With Katie Tsouros, Curator

Katie Tsouros

Remember 2012? The year waiting for a sweet delectable pay cheque became a mild form of torture because of that thing called the downturn in the global economy? For Katie Tsouros, that year is tattooed on her entrepreneurial biography, marking the establishment of her own business, Artfetch. Artfetch is an online gallery, selling art which Katie has curated at affordable prices. It’s an accessible, easy-to-navigate site bringing contemporary art to the masses. There is no snooty receptionist to ask you are you okay and you can look at the art in your own time without the salesman spiel pushing you towards something you may not love. We love the idea of Artfetch, and we trust the woman whose brain made it happen. Tsouros followed up her MA in contemporary art in Sotheby’s in London with working stints in a host of renowned galleries before setting up a pop-up gallery in Donnybrook. Her business is growing every year and she’s one of our brightest creative talents. A natural fit for IMAGE’s 40 Under 40.

Read Louise O’Neills 40 questions here.

Social media channel of choice?
Instagram. Love it, obsessed.

Your YouTube comfort food?
Listening to Vivaldi’s Four Seasons when I need to concentrate. And Kristen Bell’s sloth meltdown on the Ellen show.

#SquadGoals / three people you’d invite to a dinner party?
Andy Warhol, and the Beckhams. The art of branding down to a T.

Who is top of your PMS playlist?
All Saints, Never Ever.

If Ireland still had its own currency, which woman would you put on the tenner?
Mary Robinson.

Your Internet heroine is…
Crazy Jewish Mom

And your IRL heroine is…
My Mom.

The movie you always rewatch?
The Way We Were

The book you always gift?
Kahil Gibran, The Prophet

The most annoying quality in people?  
Not asking questions.

And the best?
Kindness.

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Giambattista Valli

Which designer do you wish appointed you his/her muse and gave you a free wardrobe?
Alexander Wang by day, Giambattista Valli by night.

For some reason you’re Enda Kenny for a day with a majority in the Dáil. What law do you pass?
Repeal the 8th for a woman’s unqualified right to choice. Don’t need to think about that even for a second.

What makes you proud to be an Irish woman?
Our resilient nature.

And what makes you angry?
Not being taken seriously.

Hot drink of choice?
Herbal tea is one of my favourite things in life.

Favourite bar?
Outside the Dylan in summer, inside Keogh’s in winter.

Advice you wish someone gave you five years ago?
Ask for what you want, and never doubt your capability.

And the advice you’ll give anyone who will listen?
Surround yourself with good people.

You can holiday anywhere you want. To where should we charter the plane?
Necker Island, via Amsterdam, and then on to Havana! (I’m greedy)

Ideal way to while away a weekend?
Cosied up in bed.

Where would you time travel to and why?
1920s, for the champagne, style & intellect.

Favourite thing about yourself?
My strength.

Your mantra?
Walk with the dreamers.

Can you recall a life-changing event?
Losing a dear friend.

Your make-up item/weapon of choice?
Strobe cream, for the extra glow.

You’re on our 40 under 40 list, which means you’re a hardworking gal. How do you balance the task list with keeping sane?
Exercise. Healthy body, healthy mind.

Most treasured item of clothing/accessory?
My Rick Owens leather jacket.

Give a shout-out to an under-rated woman you know.
My friend Alex who works her ass off and raises her son as a single mother like an absolute boss.

Are New Year’s resolutions the devil?
It’s a terrible time of year to make decisions.

Any goals for 2016?
Be happy.

Dream sandwich?
Ham, cheese, coleslaw, mayo, mustard, PICKLES.

We’re putting an antique revolver to your head. Tell us your spirit animal.  
Elephant.

Go-to internet bookmarks?
My friend Kyra’s recommended reading on her blog, she has exquisite taste and we both love Zadie Smith. Also ASOS is my life.
Your best adventure?
East Coast Oz with my besties, and anything in the Adventure Van.

Super excited to finally have my hands on a copy of this bad boy #themisfiteconomy @kyramayaphillips

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Any regrets yet?
None

Best thing to happen to you this year?
One conversation and two emails that led me to join Work From Curacao. Co-working in the Caribbean for a month is what dreams are made of.

Your ultimate woolen jumper is which colour?
Grey.

How did you get over a major setback?
In the words of Taylor Swift, shake it off.

Where do you want to be when you’re 40?
At home.

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