Karen Nicol is a well known mixed media and embroidery artist and designer.
For many years she has created fashion textiles for clients such as Alexander Mcqueen, Chloe, Chanel and Givenchy and she has designed interior fabrics and products for, amongst others, Wild at Heart, Designers Guild, the King of Qatar, and the Pope.
Since 2010 Karen has worked as an artist making her embroidered and sculptured animals and has exhibited her work in solo shows and fairs across the world.
'Couture Creatures' is her 2016 collection of hand drawn animals embellished with Karen's specially created, bespoke, haute couture skins which range from Napoleonic polar bears to jewel encrusted deer and fringed and sequined zebras.
Karen studied at the Royal College of Art where she later became Senior Lecturer, Research Fellow and Visiting Professor on the textiles masters degree for over 19 years and is an Honorary Fellow.
In 2015 she was made a Royal Designer for industry by the R.S.A.