She works at one of the most peaceful spots in Louisville. Her desk overlooks the lake where generations of families have come to relax and feed the ducks. A place where one can have a moment of quiet reflection in the midst of a bustling urban environment.
Cave Hill Cemetery may not be one’s first choice as a workplace, but for Kayla Wessling, who just turned 27, it almost seems a logical one. Kayla is originally from Batesville, Indiana, a town known for its manufacturing of caskets and cremation urns. Both her mother and father work for Batesville Casket Company, as well as a sprinkling of other relatives.
“When I was little, while other girls were looking at Barbie catalogs, I was looking at cremation urn catalogs and pointing out the ones that appealed to me. Of course, I wasn't seeing the pieces for what they were intended. I just saw something shiny and pretty.”
Kayla has parlayed her degree in design and visual communications from Bellarmine University into a job in typographic and graphic design. She creates in-house materials, invitations to special events, and posters for the historic cemetery.
|The National Cemetery section of Cave Hill.|
Now, she is only a few steps away from any number of spots to get what she calls “an infusion of nature.”
|Kayla can enjoy this beautiful view of the lake from her office window. Photos by Patti Hartog|
What Works for Kayla includes her creative tools, her satchel, and the way she stays hydrated.
Her creative tools
|Kayla says she uses her sketchbook to capture work and personal ideas. She created this calligraphy artwork |
for her sister's wedding.
I carry my Moleskine Sketchbook with me everywhere. It is always in my satchel. I use it to capture both work and personal ideas. The Moleskine has dotted pages, which helps me keep the spacing and balance within the letter forms.
I have five writing implements that I prefer: the Sakura Pigma Graphic pen, which I use to fill in letter forms; a Prismacolor .005 in black for adding details; a Sakura 127 mechanical pencil for sketching out a design; and the Pilot Parallel pen, which I use as a calligraphy pen. My favorite one — it is the workhorse — is the Pentel Touch Brush pen. It comes in various ink colors. I love this pen. I also use the Wacom pen tablet, which lets me digitize a hand-drawn image and make adjustments and tweaks. It allows me to create digital art. I would be lost without it.
Her satchel — Olivia & Joy
I carry a big purse — I call it my satchel — because I tote so much stuff around with me: my water bottle, my sketchbook, a variety of pens and pencils, and wallet. I always have a book with me — usually a memoir or something humorous. I like David Sedaris, Dave Eggers, Caitlin Moran, and Jenny Lawson. Right now I am reading Your Favorite Band is Killing Me by Steven Hyden. And there are some weird things, too. For some reason I am carrying around a red clown nose.
Her Nalgene water bottle
This 32-ounce bottle is fantastic. I love to travel and I took it with me when a friend and I backpacked through Japan last year. Before that my family visited Austria, Germany, and Italy, and I carried one with me there as well. It travels with me no matter where I go. I drink four or five bottles of water a day. My public service announcement: Drink water. It’s good for you!