Designs © was started in 1986 by two best friends, Alma Bowen and Katherine
Warren in Hollywood, FL. Their business consisted mainly of painting floral
designs for a local manufacturer and hosting home parties where they displayed
and sold their unique and colorful designs. These popular get-togethers
are still hosted today by Alma on the South Jersey shore and south Florida.
The "dog end" of the business evolved when just one friend asked for their
famous show dog to be painted on a T-shirt. From that one T-shirt, the
encouragement of many friends, and with the help of the good Lord Himself,
Katherine's life-like artwork can be seen sported by many satisfied customers
around the world. To date, the Wing-It booth can be seen at many AKC National
Specialties and all breed shows, even making the odd appearances at the
prestigious Crufts Dog Show in Birmingham, England, and the occasional
family art exhibition in Canada.
Carmichael Warren (nee Jephcott) was born and raised in Hudson, Quebec,
Canada. Inheriting a natural talent from the many artists in both her
maternal and paternal family, Kathie too, displayed the same at a very
early age as did her sister Susan
(now a renown Canadian artist).
Even in grade one, she recalls amazing classmates with her artistic ability.
As a result her ability to draw, especially animals has been a source
of comfort and self esteem during some very difficult times. She moved
to Hollywood, FL, in 1961 where she met her best friend Alma Bowen. In
1963, while keeping company with her terminally ill mother, Kathie would
pass the long days sketching the many flowers sent to her mom. It was
those many sketches and Alma's exceptional design abilities that encouraged
the two friends to start a small fashion design endeavour aptly called
"Ally-Kat, Inc.". Since Alma was a graduate of The Moore Art Institute
of Philadelphia, a highly regarded fashion design institute, the two cohorts
incorporated Alma's wild designs and Kathie's artwork on fabric.