Karen Nicol

Karen NicolKaren Nicol is an embroidery and mixed media textile artist and designer, passionate about htis quite remarkable subject. Her embroidery design business working in fashion, interiors and art has been established for forty years.

Two Zebras by Karen NicolIn fashion she has collaborated with many designers such as John Rocha and Matthew Williamson, Givenchy and Chanel to create and produce embroidery designs for their collections. In interiors she has designed for an extensive list of clients which includes the Designers Guild, Anthropologie, the King of Qatar and the Pope.

Karen Nicol Fashion Glass Organza

Since 2010 she has been represented by the Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery in both London and New York with her embroidered and sculptured animals, ‘Couture Creatures’…from Napoleonic Polar Bears to Marquetry foxes, cut glass mandrills to tattooed monkeys.

Karen Nicol interiors detail

Her art pieces have been exhibited around the world in various exhibitions, fairs and shows, such as the Royal Academy summer show 2014 and the fashion biennale 2015 in Trapholt, Denmark. In the Dutch Biennale MoBA 13 in Arnhem, curated on a theme of ‘fashion fetishism’, Karen’s work was selected because they felt she had a fetish for stitch!

In the book ‘Embellished, New Vintage’ Karen explores her passion for the visual inspiration informing her embroidery that she finds in her magpie flea market collections.

Karen Nicol Liberty's 140th Anniversary QuiltShe has held roles of senior lecturer, research fellow, visiting tutor and visiting professor on the textiles MA degree at the Royal College of Art for 25 years and is an honorary fellow of the college and gives lectures at other colleges round the country.

She won the Embroiderers' Guild Beryl Dean teaching award in 2014 and in November 2015 she was made an Royal Designer for Industry.


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