Karen Richmond has a broad practice which includes making things, curation, site specific works, installations, participation projects and research projects. Karen is currently Course Director for the BA hons in 3D Design at Camberwell College of Arts, (University of the Arts London). In 2000 she received an MA in Design Products from the Royal College of Art. In 1996 she graduated from Kingston University with a BA Hons in Sculpture. Karen currently lives and works in London.
Within her practice Karen is interested in the potential of designing objects that have an emotional element to their function. This has led to the creation of families of objects and interventions.
An example of this work is a piece entitled ‘The Smile Enhancer’ which invites two people to exchange their smile with each another. Another piece seeks to give the user their ‘own piece of sky’ through a wearable unit attached to the shoulders. Her work engages the user in a potentially new set of narratives creating questions around pre-existing functions, the language of objects and our relationships to them. A permanent piece in the form of a ‘step-up’ concrete structure is positioned adjacent to the Oxo Tower, London and is entitled ‘At an Angle’ It invites people walking along the Thames Path to step up and view their environment at a different angle.
Worked in projects with: V&A Education, Tate Modern, Raw Canvas, Wentworths, Worshipful Company of Pewterers, South Bank Centre, Royal Festival Hall, Beijing Art and Crafts Assoc, Crafts Council, UAL, KhiB, Flour, Maiko Tsutumi and others