Collaborative Thread is here to provide a welcoming, supportive, and collaborative community for female creatives. Our goal is to bring together all creative types and provide the opportunity to meet face-to-face with the inspiring women who are helping shape San Diego’s creative culture. #followthethreadsd
- Meet the CEO (Creative Executive Officer) -
Kayt Joyce | Owner/Designer at Kayt Joyce Design + Print
Kayt's creative outlet is a Design + Print Studio who’s mission is to simplify brand execution for creatives and small businesses through unified marketing design + printed collateral. With majors in both photography and design, she has always had a passion for creativity through composition. Kayt has been designing and managing her own business for over 15 years. Along that journey she has had the opportunity to experience adventures in a wide range of specialties and with a wide range of companies; including holding a title as a Creative Director for a custom promotional and retail product company, working directly with the Olympics on both a US and International levels, Major Cruise Lines, our National Park System and Sandals Resorts.
With a strong passion for simplicity and supporting small businesses, Kayt is all about the #locallove. She enjoys actively supporting various non-profit organizations through marketing design, hands-on community work and animal rescue; along with being a collaborative member in her local creative community. Surrounding herself with like-minded talented people and spending time outdoors with her family helps to keep her grounded and inspired.
Kayt believes strongly in the importance of fueling creativity and artistic expression in all stages of life, as creativity is an integral part of our world, no matter what the application. The creative process is encountered on a daily basis, can be seen in all aspects of life and is applicable in all business types.
- Meet the Founders -
While obtaining my BFA in painting from the University of Illinois, I learned the value of a creative community. My mom always told me everything I did was great. It was an entirely different ball game when people in a similar position gave me constructive criticism in order to help me improve.
After college I moved to San Diego in search of better weather and new adventures. I was a bit of a creative loner while I navigated jobs in museums, business offices, television production, and restaurants. I did whatever it took to pay the bills while still continuing to paint and create on the side. In 2010 I launched my blog, betsylife.com, and my food styling career. A tiny decision to “go for it” wound up setting me on a path I could never have imagined.
Through the connections and support I’ve found through Collaborative Thread, I’ve been able to successfully create the life I had been craving. This group has been a constant source of inspiration and support, and I’m thrilled to be able to share my experiences with the incredibly talented ladies that participate in each event, and in our online community.
They became my closest friends and family. 5th grade is when I first recognized the importance of female support and encouragement. When I didn’t reach six-feet-tall, I decided to tap into my creative side.
I moved to San Diego to study Film Production at SDSU. I shot local films with the awesome team at Breadtruck Films, worked in LA on Secrets from a Stylist, but eventually found my niche in Interior Design in my favorite city, San Diego! The creative energy here is contagious and after attending several networking “meet-ups”, found myself seeking a different type of creative setting.