Many people may not think that a background in fine arts and a love for logistics could go together. But they make sense to Kate Hyde as both require a serious attention to detail.
At art school she was a printmaker—meaning she transcribed images or text onto a surface such as a metal plate or a silk screen and printed repetitiously on paper or material.
“It was very mechanical,” details Hyde. “You have to like to do the same thing over and over again but with small changes.”
It’s the same for manufacturing logistics or supply chain design. They are systems that are used over and over again all over the world, but require the flexibility to make tweaks to get the best possible outcome.
For her, there is a sense of mystery to the whole supply chain, “a hidden network that supports an international consumer society,” she describes.
“There’s this idea that items in our closets or on shelves appeared out of nowhere, but there’s a system that brought them there,” says Hyde. “It’s almost like seeing behind the curtain of a play.”