Karen is an artist maker of fine jewellery. After many years of two-dimensional animal portraiture she chose to retrain in the three-dimensional discipline of jewellery (design) making - and more recently the craft of Silversmithing at York School of Jewellery.
Karen is currently based at the school in the historic city of York.
In 2018 Karen joined The Beautiful Splint Company CIC where she utilises her design and making skills, to create precious metal orthotic splints for people with conditions such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and Hypermobility Syndrome. The splints combine the supportive function of a medical splint with the beauty of bespoke jewellery.
Living in a rural setting near York Karen's inspiration comes from her fascination for nature, from the textures, shapes and curves found all around.
Using carefully selected precious metals and gemstones, Karen's jewellery is brought to life using elements from her observational drawings. With traditional skills she transforms flat sheets of metal into beautiful and unique "one off" pieces of wearable art
Karen also enjoys collaborating with clients on commissions, taking ideas from imagination - to sketchbook - to reality.
Please contact Karen if you would like to arrange a commission.
York Open Studios 2020 sadly cancelled due to Covid 19
York Frost Fair December 2019
York Open Studios 2019
Saltaire Makers Fair November 2018
York Open Studios 2018
About The Beautiful Splint Company CIC
The Beautiful Splint Company is passionate about designing and creating bespoke hand, wrist and finger splints in precious metals for people with conditions such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and Hypermobility Syndrome.
Working closely with healthcare professionals across the UK we create splints that combine the supportive function of a medical splint with the beauty of bespoke jewellery that is a pleasure to wear. Find out more.
The company is a 'Community Interest Company' (CIC), a non profit making organisation with surplus income being re-invested in the manufacture of the splints.
"Beautful delicate jewellery with simplicity yet wonderful impact"
"Different to the usual thats around"
"Love your ethereal style, beautifuly done"
"Really pretty work, delicate with a difference"