about the artist :
Karen Nicol

Karen Nicol is a mixed-media and embroidery artist and designer from Britain. Based in London, she is now a honorary fellow at the RCA, and has been a visiting professor for twenty years. She was made Royal Designer for Industry by the RSA in 2015 and has exhibited her work in solo shows and fairs accross the world.

Since 2010 Karen has worked as an artist, making her embroidered and sculptured animals, specially created creatures with bespoke, haute couture materials ranging from Napoleonic polar bears to jewel encrusted deer and fringed and sequined zebras. Most of the materials she uses come from car boots and flea markets, and she uses a 50-year-old Singer sewing machine. As she has worked with so many creative minds throughout the years, on commissions and collaborations with the likes of Clements Ribeiro who asked for a "Frida Kahlo meets Singapore whorehouse" collection, she truly lets her imagination run wild.

Karen Nicol's mother and sister were both embroiderers, and even though Karen wanted to study Fine Arts, she found that nothing beat the diversity of textiles and went to the Royal College of Arts for a Masters in embroidery. For many years she has created fashion textiles for prestigious fashion brands, from Alexander McQueen to Chanel and Givenchy and has counted clients such as the King of Qatar or the Pope himself!

NYC Tatoo / Karen Nicol
Mixed media, plexiglas framed
40 x 29 in (102 x 73 cm)
unique artwork
11,737.25 $
2903
London Snapshot / Karen Nicol
Mixed media, plexiglas framed
36 x 46 in (91 x 116 cm)
unique artwork
11,737.25 $
3708
Simply Paris / Karen Nicol
Mixed media, plexiglas framed
42 x 29 (106 x 75 cm)
unique artwork
11,737.25 $
2913
Flora and Fauna South American style / Karen Nicol
Mixed media, plexiglas framed
42 x 31 in (106 x 79 cm)
unique artwork
11,737.25 $
3030
Flora and Fauna North American style / Karen Nicol
Mixed media, plexiglas framed
41 x 31 in (106 x 70 cm)
unique artwork
11,737.25 $
3004
Dinner Date / Karen Nicol
mixed media, embroidered and pleated silk
66.9 x 35.4 in (170 x 90 cm)
unique artwork
13,481.98 $
2024
Dear, 2016 / Karen Nicol
mixed media, hand stitched and painted
31.4 x 35.4 in (80 x 90 cm)
unique artwork
Sold
1919
Golden Eagle, 2012 / Karen Nicol
mixed media, embroidered
39.3 x 24 in (100 x 61 cm)
unique artwork
Sold
1726