RDI FRSA Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Art MA (RCA)
Tel: 44 (0)20 8979 4593 Mob: 44(0)774 0375 136
karen@karennicol.com
www.karennicol.com
A mixed media textile and embroidery designer and artist with a London based studio.
Working in art, fashion and interiors.
exhibitions and commissions
2016

Fashion pieces for Alexander McQueen and Jasper Conran
World map large scale art commission, Black Rock investment bank, Hong Kong
Europe map large scale art commission, Black Rock investment bank , Paris
Interior works for Katherine Pooley
Solo Show Cricket Fine Art, 'Couture Creatures', London
Exhibited with Wit Gallery, Massachusetts
Exhibited with Ruthin Gallery, Wales

2015

Awarded Royal Designer for Industry (RDI)
Bull Market and Bear Market art commission, Black Rock investment bank, Copenhagen
Art Pieces for Lidewij Edelkoort Fetishism show, Trapholt museum, Denmark
One of three artists commissioned by Liberty of London to celebrate their 140th birthday

2014
Solo Show Rebecca Hossack gallery, 'The Edge of the Woods', New York
Royal Academy summer show, London
Art Fairs, Melbourne, Hamptons, New york, London
2013
Art pieces for Lidewij Edelkoort Fashion Fetishism Biennale, Holland
Solo show ‘Singerie’ Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery, London
Lapada Art and Antiques Fair, London
Art Fairs, Melbourne, Hong Kong, Paris

2012
Solo show - Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery, New York
Solo show, Marylebone Hotel, February to May 2012
Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery, New York
Book launch and exhibition - Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London
Lapada Art and Antiques Fair, London
Decorex International, London
Art Fairs London, Melbourne, Hamptons
Shortlisted for NSPCC gift to the Queen
2 commissions for Black Rock investment bank,City of London
2011
Power House Museum Sydney 'lovelace' exhibition
Grayson Perry doll with Liberty London
London Art Fair
Affordable Art Fair London
Affordable Art Fair New York
Affordable Art Fair Singapore
Art London
Art Melbourne
Art Toronto

2010
‘Conversation Pieces’ solo show of animals and handbags, Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery, Charlotte Street W1
Sydney Art Fair
Art London
Jerwood Contemporary Makers exhibition London /Edinburgh /Dublin
Liberty Shop Window
2008
Triptych for Leeds Cancer Hospital
Form Art Fair, London
2007
'Out of the blue into the black'
art piece for Shell UK, featured in oceanography exhibition in Santa Fe
2007-2010
embellished knitwear range (own label) for Anthropologie, New York
2005
solo show, Karen Nicol skirt range, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London
solo show, Karen Nicol skirt range Mantero concept store, La Tessitura, Como, Italy
pictures and jewellery
march 2005- exhibition in Japan with Markus Lupfer mixed show
march 2005- art vitam gallery Miami 4 woman show
september 2004- Palm Beach art fair
november 2004- Sofa Chicago art fair
fashion:
anthropologie
embellished knitwear 2007- 2015
embellished clothing & knitwear ranges (own label) for Anthropoligie New York & London

people tree
(own label) collections
clements ribeiro
embroidery design and production of mixed media and embroidered fashion pieces for 15 collections from 1997 to 2010
Karen Nicol Clements Ribeiro collection of 300 one off cashmere jumpers 2009
bamford
embroidery design and production for collections from 2007 to 2009
xterity with tracy mulligan
embroidery design and production of mixed media and embroidered fashion pieces from 2006 to 2007
marc jacobs
embroidered images for accessories with Katy Hillier in 2006
chloe
embroidery design and production of mixed media and embroidered fashion pieces for 2004
john rocha
embroidery design and production of mixed media and embroidered fashion pieces for 12 collections from 1998 to 2006
julien macdonald
embroidery design and production of mixed media/embroidered fashion couture pieces for 9 collections from 2002 to 2007
betty jackson
embroidery design and production of mixed media and embroidered fashion pieces for 5 collections from 2002 to 2006. jewellery collection 2006
matthew williamson
embroidery design and production of mixed media and embroidered fashion pieces for 15 collections from 1999 to 2007
preston knight (maxfield parrish)
ranges of embroidery, brand, print and bead suede, leather and sheepskin designs and production for 14 collections from 1999 to 2008
bruce oldfield
embroidery design and production of mixed media and embroidered fashion couture pieces for 20 collections from 1996 to 2010
markus Lupfer
embroidery design and production of mixed media and embroidered fashion pieces for 9 collections from 1999 to 2009
tracey boyd
embroidery design and production of mixed media and embroidered fashion pieces for 4 collections from 2004 to 2005
michiko koshino
embroidery design and production of mixed media and embroidered fashion pieces for 3 collections from 2002 to 2003
givenchy
4 design groups for design collection in 2002
uta raasch
embroidery and knitwear designer and production outlet for german fashion house ‘Cissule’ Dusseldorf, Germany 1979 - 1999
chanel couture
design and production of 3 embroidered coats in 1998
other clients include:
Louella, Osman Ousafzada, Antonio Beradi, Whistles, Browns, Tracy Mulligan, Lulu Guinness, Mulberry, Marks and Spencers, Courtaulds, Jaeger, Harvey Nicholls, Harrods, Anne Tyrrell, Libertys, Mario Testino, Grey Advertising, Scott Henshall, and Cashmere Studio.
   
   
interiors:
2009-2015
Karen Nicol bear and monkey rugs and cushions for Anthropologie home
2012-2013
212 Embellished screens for Palace in Riyadh
2006-2015
interior textile range (own label) for Wild at Heart, London, including Chelsea & Hampton Court Flower show - Retreat collection.
2006-2015
Interior projects for clients including King of Qatar, Tamara Eccleston and the Pope
john boyd textiles
1990-2013 design and production of embroidered horsehair for furnishing textiles for clients such as Zimmer Rhode, Clarence House, Brunshwig Fils, embroidered seating for the Washington Museum, dining chairs for George Bush, King Gustav of Sweden, 2002 upholstery for the Thai Royal Family and 2004 chairs for the King of Norway.
2006-2011
interior textile range (own label) for Designers Guild, London
2008 and 2009
Heimtex textile fair, Frankfurt
 

teaching:

2015
Lecturing Design Outside the Lines, California
2014
Beryl Dean award for excellence in teaching
2012-2015
Visiting tutor RCA
2006-2014
Visiting speaker: Manchester, Notts, Bucks, Ulster, Herriot Watt, De Montfort, V&A, Pratt NY, Bath, RSN, Bournemouth, Staffs & Aberdeen
2010-2011
Designer in residence, Bath Spa University
2008-2012
Visiting professor, Royal College of Art
2006-2008
Research fellow, Royal College of Art
1990-2005
Royal College of Art senior lecturer in mixed media textiles
1973-1978
Brighton Polytechnic VL embroidery/visual research
1975-1977
London College of Fashion VL embroidery/visual research
   
 

education:

1973-1975
Royal College of Art- MA (RCA) textiles
1969-1973
Manchester College of Art- BA 1st class hons