Karen Nicol is a London based mixed media and embroidery textile designer/artist working in fashion, interiors and gallery. Creating concepts and designs for embroidered textiles for ready-to-wear and couture fashion. Working with many fashion design houses including Schiaparelli, Alexander McQueen, Jasper Conran and Giles Deacon. Karen has designed and produced interior textiles for clients including the King of Qatar, the Pope, Estee Lauder and Gwyneth Paltrow. Also creating own label collections of home pieces for companies including Anthropologie, Pottery Barn and Designers Guild.


Since 2010 Nicol's large embroidered, painted and sculpted art pieces have been exhibited and sold in galleries and art fairs all over the world with solo shows in London, Paris and New York.


Karen was founder, senior lecturer and visiting professor of the Mixed Media MA course at the Royal College of Art, London. In 2015 Karen was made an RDI, a Royal Designer for Industry one of only 200 in the world.