Karen combines her love and knowledge of colours and textiles when designing Bespoke Clothing for her clients
in a synergistic process of pure creativity and flair.
Her unique approach when working with her clients embraces their individuality and
personality which when fused with the use of wonderful, often exotic fabrics,
successfully leads to the creation of a unique garment for her client from the first meeting to the Final Fitting.
A graduate from the London College of Fashion, Karen served her apprenticeship designing and creating patterns for her ranges.
She supplied her expertise and skills in this to independent retailers, established high street stores and IPC Magazines, producing designs for fashion features on behalf of fashion editors. As a Technical Manager and Board Member Karen headed up teams for some of the largest fashion manufacturers in the business, whose clients included Ralph Lauren and Marks & Spencer. Karen has worked in the U.K., Casablanca, Paris and Istanbul over the course of her 27 years in the clothing industry.
Karen also offers fashion workshops, such as pattern cutting and creative styling based at her "Old Smithy Studio" in Kilmelford, Argyll.
Living in Scotland has also inspired Karen to train as a Bespoke Glass Designer/Maker often creating amazing works of art using her own special technique of painting with colour, layering and carving for 3D effects and LED lighting. As an experienced designer for many years, Karen's work has been recognised by top Fine Art Galleries and Exhibitions. She has artworks held in the permanent art collections of Broadfield House Glass Museum and Strathclyde University. Karen also exhibited in many top galleries and with The Scottish Glass Society over many years as a mark of her high standing as a Glass Designer/Maker.
Exhibitions and galleries include Visual Arts Scotland at the Royal Scottish Academy and City Arts Centre, Edinburgh; Inverness Museum and Art Gallery; Collins Gallery, Glasgow; Scottish Glass Society 30th Anniversary U.K. Touring Exhibition 'Migrate'; Walker Fine Art Gallery, Harrogate; Morningside Gallery, Edinburgh; Park Gallery, Falkirk; Lillie Gallery, Glasgow and, more locally, Kranenburg Fine Art Gallery and Dunollie Sculpture Garden, Oban; Wavy Line Gallery, Ardfern and An Tobar, Mull. Karen has opened her studio and exhibited works for Artmap Argyll, with exhibitions at Pentagon, Glasgow and Kilmartin House Museum.
Karen takes Bespoke Glass Commissions and offers workshops in sandblast carving and stained glass.