We talked about inspiration and where that begins, Karen noting how in hindsight the deadlines in college were such a luxury and that the design process rarely follows such strict guidelines, drawing and sketching ideas on her commute to the studio and when really busy, designing new patterns gives her perspective on what to do next. Karen's quiet and structured creations are in demand in Japan where she has an agent to sell her work and equally her couture collection is also much lauded by royalty. Zara Phillips had worn one of her pieces at one of the Queen's Jubilee events.
|Zara Phillips in Karen Henriksen headwear|
Karen's studio is a fascinating Aladdin's cave containing all the requirements for stunning millinery and patterns to create her inspirational cut & sew pieces. I left very determined to do some more flat pattern hats.