Nov 29, 2008

Designer Spotlight- Chalk Hill Studio

Karen has always loved drawing, from an early age she has been making cards and pictures. Crafting is a way of life for Karen, not a hobby. Karen studied Illustarion and graphic design at college.

Karen also has a passion for books. She loves reading them, making them and designing art that may one day be featured in them.

‘I started making wedding stationery for a living as I had friends who were getting married and my brother helped me set up my first website. I was asked a lot for wedding albums to match the stationery so learned proper bookbinding. I’ve since left the weddings behind to focus on my own artwork but I still make the books. They’ve proved a hit with other artists as I can custom make them with their favourite paper.’

Karen uses simple techniques and spends hours on each design choosing the right colours and textures to create a story. Her paintings are a mix of acrylic paint, textured collage and image transfers.

Karen ’s business is two fold. She is an artist first and foremost and her website is full of art and illustrations . This works as an online portfolio. Then she has her selling website for my cards, books, prints and other pretties.

‘ I am trying to merge my skills more though and have recently returned to my design roots by creating patterns and designs that I print onto fabric that go onto my book covers. This is the most exciting thing I am doing right now. Trying to source unusual papers and fabrics has been the most difficult part of my job. By designing my own not only does this simplify the business side of things it also allows me to solidify my identity and become completely unique. From an artist’s point of view this is invaluable.’

Waiting for We Make Christmas:
Karen will be bringing some of her favorite books. This is one of her favorites made from Indian cotton rag it was the first book Kala made.

For We Make Christmas Karen is producing a new range of Christmas designs; cards and gift tags as well as a new range of books with their smart new fabric covers.

Can’t For We Make Christmas:
For a beautiful range of Karen ’s cards and books take a look at her online shop

To see her stunning online portfolio of art and illustrations take a look at her website

1 comment:

Corn Bread said...

Lovely Article. great artist. I plan on purchasing one of her sketch books.
Her art is fabulous. I paint myself,
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