WALLPAPER CAREER
In 1978 Karen started her own company hand printing wallpapers. The business specialised in reproducing wallpaper from historical documents. Gradually building a reputation for her work, she was commissioned by English Heritage to make papers for Osbourne House in the Isle of Wight, for the Queen’s house Frogmore in Windsor Park, and by many other fascinating and prestigious projects.

Whilst designing and creating her first four wallpaper collections, she was appointed screen printing Consultant to Cole & Son ( Wallpapers) Ltd. During this time she produced the Archive Collection from the company's world-renown historical archive.

In 2000 she became Cole's Creative Director designing and producing 24 collections including the New Contemporary, Fornasetti, Tom Dixon & Habitat, and the Vivienne Westwood Collections. After ten highly successful years she decided to open up new avenues for her creativity and left to pursue a freelance career. Her first commissions included designing the first wallpaper collection for Swarovski Elements and for Miller Harris.

Swarovski Elements Launch Event in London - Swarovski Elements Wallpaper Launch Video

In March 2011 she also launched her career as an artist, fulfilling a long held desire to paint and has recently started working with printmaking, lino prints and collagraphs.

2010 - 2011 - Freelance Creative Director for Miller Harris Wallpaper Collection
2015 - Creative consultant and Designer for Isidore Leroy - Heritage Collection
2016 - Design Consultant to Lincrusta - Heritage Wallcoverings.
2016 - 2017 - Creative consultant to Gainsborough Silk Weaving Company - Renaissance Collection
2017 - 2018 New designs for Isidore Leroy.

Features and interviews about Karen's extensive portfolio of work have appeared in interior design, architectural and consumer press throughout the world.

AWARDS

1992 -
Decorex International – Anna Garnett Memorial Trophy for the Best New Wallcovering Collection

2004 -
Elle Decoration UK - Awards for Best Wallpaper - London
Elle Decor US - Awards for Best Wallpaper – New York
Elle Decoration International - Awards for Best Wallpaper - Milan

2006 -
Walpole Award – Best British Luxury Brand

2009 -
Personally nominated for Walpole Best British Luxury Design Talent

2011 -
Swarovski Spirit Award for Best Product throughout the Swarovski international group of companies - the first Swarovski Elements Wallpaper Collection.

2015 -
Shortlisted for Artists and Illustrators Artist of the Year 2015 with The Colours of West Kintyre.


ART EXHIBITIONS

2012 -
July – Horsebox Gallery- Ardfern Art Festival – Solo Exhibition
August – Artmap Open Studio Event – Whitehouse - Argyll
September – Crinan Gallery – Crinan – Argyll
October – Kilmory Castle – Lochgilphead – Argyll
October – The Putechan – Bellochantuy - Argyll
2013
Artmap Argyll Open Studios
2014
Glasgow Society of Women Artists - Lillie Gallery - Bearsden
Artmap Argyll Open Studios
2015
Glasgow Society of Women Artists - Lillie Gallery - Bearsden
Artmap Argyll Open Studios
2016
Artmap Argyll Open Studios
Glasgow Society of Women Artists - Smith Gallery Stirling
2017
Dorchas Gallery - Lochgilphead
Artmap Open Studios
Gigha Gallery
2018
Artmap Open Studios
Lillie Art Gallery - Milngavie - Glasgow


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BIOGRAPHY

Karen Beauchamp - Designer - Artist - Printmaker

Karen was born in London of Scottish descent, and trained as an Architect - something which she values very highly as the study of architecture has been fundamental to her appreciation of space and design. She then went on to work at the BBC as a Set Designer which added additional dimensions to the way that she sees the world.