Karen’s love of fashion has always been geared towards production. At young age she grew up watching her mother using a sewing machine, drafting and making alterations to garments. Throughout her Secondary education she continued to work her technical production skills and even competed in the Skills Competition at the regional and provincial levels and placing. Karen works as a technician always trying to figure out how pieces are put together and solving design problems. During her time at the Wilson School of design, she has been able to dive into her creative process and work her technical skills with creative ideas to produce something beautiful and functional. Karen’s current plans are geared towards learning as much as she can and working within the local fashion industry for her to fulfill a goal of being a textiles teacher and inspire future generations of fashion designers and technicians just as she was.
Element is a collection inspired by the strength and endurance female Dragon Boat groups in Vancouver. This collection focuses on the fit and fictionally in their and athletic apparel for paddlers to preform at their best. Durability and added articulation added to the garments means that paddlers are able to move with no restrictions. Element incorporates colours like white and Blue in the colour blocking to reflect the crisp cool temperature that paddlers endure when practicing during the fall and winter seasons so that they are ready for competitions during the spring and summer seasons.