Whether they feature owls or dachshunds, ferns or flowers, Karen Mabon’s luscious patterns flow effortlessly throughout this multi-talented artist’s work. Expertly she brings the intricacies of nature to the fore, in a style that forms the basis of her award-winning accessories brand.
While Karen’ silk scarves are a huge success, her work transfers just as easily onto cushions, ceramics, illustrations, swimwear and pyjamas. There’s a quirky stream of humour in the Scottish artist’s work, which rests somewhere between Hieronymus Bosch and Where’s Wally.
After studying jewellery at the Edinburgh College of Art, she began a Masters at the Royal College of Art in London. Spending 12 years in Edinburgh building her brand, she’s now based in London. Influences include Eric Ravillious, Enid Marx, Henry Darger, David Hockney, Eduardo Paolozzi, Peter Blake, Henri Matisse and Piero Fornasetti.
Each creation begins as a pencil or fineliner drawing. Following her screenprinting process, she creates colour separations, which are scanned in and layered in Photoshop using a limited palette.
Karen’s Natural World style is influenced by Swedish textile design and botanical illustration, featuring muted colours and realistic rendering. Her second style is called Novelty – images with a bit more humour, where you can get lost in the detail and discover something new every time.
Scottish Online Accessories Brand – Herald Fashion Awards – 2018
Accessories Designer of the Year – Scottish Fashion Awards – 2016
Clients include Buckingham Palace, Heathrow Airport, Bloomingdales, Anthropologie, Lush Cosmetics, Elemis, Peter Alexander, Radley and Universal Pictures.