I’m a 22 year old emerging fashion print designer and marketer, having just finished my BA degree in Fashion Marketing and Textile Design at The Cass and London Metropolitan Business School. Originally from a tiny town in Finland, I now am an East Londoner, based in buzzing area of Dalston with all the rest of the hipsters. I enjoy colourful prints, roof top bars, travelling, snapping photographs of anything and everything, sunny days, street art and casual clothing – especially the kind that’s ideal for bike rides in the city. Being a passionate cyclist and cycle commuter, I’ve started my own cyclewear concept, Vélorous: a trendy apparel & accessories brand in the making for women that love cycling. My style, both in design and clothing and I guess also in life in general, is breezy and relaxed, my signature digital print designs being full of energy, colour and optimism. I’m inspired by everything that is surrounding me – urban living, interesting people, landscapes, adventures and quirky little details of every day life.
Karen Buckley is a print designer and illustrator who recently graduated with a BA(HONS) in Fashion Marketing and Textile Design from London Met. Karen grew up in London drawing influences from her fast paced, creative surroundings and was inspired by artists flying the flag for independent thinking and DIY; falling in love with movements such as pop art and punk and developing an interest in print making, stencil art, comics, street art, graffiti and skateboard graphics. After graduation with a strong determination to go freelance she has become one fourth of the design collective Feral Line working alongside three other female artists with a similar creative process and all sharing a love for the black line, with similar creative output, aesthetic appreciation and sense of direction. With her work Karen likes to explore the more grotesque aspects of everyday life and highlights issues that affect people such as death, process, decision and time. Karen’s preferred working medium is a pot of Indian ink along with a mapping nib or a black fine liner and will happily spend hours cutting an intricate layered stencil. Karen’s graduate collection consisted of a collection of prints and a trio of micro and standard skateboards and was awarded Best in Show, nominated for Creative Vision and was exhibited at New Designers 2014 and she plans to show at The London Design Festival in September.
My story begins in a small seaside town in the North East called Whitley Bay. My childhood was filled with; running through the sand dunes, teddy bear picnics in the woods, jumping across the stepping stones and cycling to Seaton Deleval for the best ice cream in the world, with not a care in the world and now I am a graduate with a BA Honours in Fashion Marketing and Textiles Design from The Cass and London Metropolitan Business School, and entering the real world. Flamingos, Cowboys, Tea, Mermaids, Mojitos, The North, Beetles, Maltesers and The Gherkin, are my favourite things. I work for a premium denim brand within Selfridges, Oxford Street at the moment and hope to progress within the company. However my dream would be to open my own sales and distribution company, I’m just going to dream big and hopefully achieve bigger!
“To Infinity and Beyond” Buzz Lightyear
I specialise in print design which can be digital or screen printed. My prints are a combination of illustrations alongside an infusion of eye popping colour inspired mostly by insects showing not everything is as it seems…