Thursday, May 22, 2014

Síoda- Kokodesigns illuminated

Sea silk shades.
10 inch,12inch and 14inch on a glass base.

"Síoda" a show of silk work by Fiona Higgins and myself opened on May 2nd 2014 at An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny, Co Donegal and is open until June 27th. All work is available for sale through the Theatre or commissions can be made directly with the artists.

              Exhibition by night

Exhibition by day

Lighting is found all over the theatre in dark hidey holes.

Hedgerow floorlight

An  abstract painting of all the flowers found in my hedges which surround my wild garden.
The silk is painted on a frame and then steamed. Then I adhere it to a flame tested UPVC and construct it into the floorlight.

130 cm high with lighting included.

Hedgerow table lights

These table lights are a small version of the floorlights and come with a wooden base.

Up high on one of the ceilings are three large shades made from a hedgerow painting.

Tulip floorlight

This floorlight is lighting up a wee cormer of the theatre,

Tulip shades: 10,12 &14inch

Tulip table lights

Summer garden floorlight

A painting inspired by my summer borders with a dark grey background colour.

Summer garden shades

Summer garden table shades 6 inch, 8 inch and 10 inch shades on turned wooden bases made by Tony Farrell of Co Cork.

Summer garden floorlights

 Dusky hedgerow floorlight.
Dusky hedgerow floorlight

There are also three large ceiling shades on display made from one large painting of Dusk Hedgerow.

Dusky hedgerow table lights

Sea table lights

A new direction for my work with a painting based on the sea around the Atlantic Coast.

Sea floorlight

Included in the exhibition are also two large canvases of Hedgerow and Dusk hedgerow and two framed pieces based on the summer garden painting.

Monday, January 14, 2013

What I did on my holidays...

So I took two weeks out of the studio making Kokodesigns stuff and did some work for myself.
My last order finished for 2012, a giant lampshade with an American lamp holder fitting.
This cupboard I bought from a charity shop and I replaced the back, re lined it, cleaned up the woodwork and my "long suffering" put in two lights. It now holds my tea set and the lovely ceramics my oldest son has made. I am considering glass painting it but am living with it for awhile to see if it needs it.
This old mirror was in our cottage when we bought it, I have glass painted it to work with our beautiful ceiling lamp.
Finally I made a huge silk cushion to go on a very cheap conservatory chair we got in IKEA which was terribly uncomfortable. The cushion is 52x52cm and backed with taffeta on the back.
Still have lots more projects of my own to do, but as the orders are now flying in am back to work.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

'One of a Kind' - recent exhibition

Evening Out. 100% heavy silk stole handpainted and hand beaded. It is a one-off and was recently on exhibition at the Gordon Gallery, Pump Street, Derry.
I also created a matching 1920s style clutch bag lined with vintage velvet.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Koko update 2012

Kokodesigns Update Winter 2012

All welcome to the opening of a group exhibition from 10 of the Donegal Designer Makers including 2 one off pieces by myself.  Opens this Friday 6.30-8pm Gordon Gallery, Pump Street , Derry.

I will not be taking any more bespoke orders until after Christmas, but I do have a large range of work available for Christmas gifts and a full range of new designs for the party season.

Available from

My studio in Ramelton- by appointment only 086 3191514
On-line free delivery until the New Year 2013
On-line at the

The following retail outlets

Mourne Antiques and Craft Gallery- Port Road – Letterkenny, Co Donegal
(bags/scarves/ cards/ brooches/lampshades/journals)
Workhouse- Dunfanaghy- Co Donegal
(paintings/ cards/ brooches)
Mermaids Purse- Falcarraigh- Co Donegal
(paintings/ cards/ brooches)

Kilkenny Design Centre- Castle Yard, Kilkenny
(bags/scarves/ cards/ brooches/paintings)
Leitrim Design House- Carrick-On-Shannon- Co Leitrim
(bags/scarves/ cards/ brooches/lampshades/journals)
Irish Design Selection – Westbury Mall, Dublin 2
(bags/scarves/ cards/ brooches/lampshades/journals)

Bessemer Gallery- Winter Garden, Sheffield, UK
(bags/scarves/ cards/ brooches/lampshades)

I will be attending the following events with a range of work

November 11th – An Taisce Craft Fair- Mount Errigal Hotel , Letterkenny
November 18th- Derry Journal Craft fair- Everglades Hotel , Derry
December 8th- Ramelton Country Market Craft Fair, Town Hall, Ramelton, Co Donegal
December 15/16th – DDM Christmas Show, Rathmullan House , Rathmullan. Co Donegal

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Where have you been?

I noticed I haven't updated my blog in months.
A quick update on events and kokodesigns.
I came back from the National Crafts fair in Dublin with a full order book and have just completed the last. It has been great fun working with you all on your interior design and I am glad they all worked out so well.

A few pics to highlight the variety.
At the beginning of the month I opened my 3rd annual solo exhibition in the Workhouse in Dunfanaghy, Co Donegal and am the first exhibitor to showcase in the lovely new exhibition space. This exhibition opens until the 2nd June and includes wall art and lampshades.
I designed a new range of bags and scarves and delivered them to Mourne Antiques in Letterkenny, An Clachan in Gweedore, Donegal Woolen Mill in Downings,  Leitirm Design House in Carrick-on-Shannon, Limehouse Crafts and Gifts Newry and am currently working on a new range of lampshades for the Leitrim Design House and the Bessemer Gallery in Sheffield.

We are currently getting ready to update the website with my whole range and working on a new product line for late summer.  Watch this space and follow me on facebook, which I do actually update regularly.

Happy spring Karen

Sunday, June 26, 2011

New outlets and new designs

I have been really busy making for a few new outlets and am finally catching up with myself
McNutts- Downings Co Donegal is a lovely new craft shop, selling tweed and beautiful crafts, it also has a tearoom, always a bonus.
They have unframed paintings , brooches, cards and bags

Limehouse Crafts and Gifts- Newry N Ireland

Is opening in July and has a series of unframed paintings, bags with matching scarves.
Mourne Craft Gallery - Letterkenny
Was officially opened this week and Frances has a range of bags with scarves, brooches and cards.

Ramelton Country Market - Ramelton Town Hall, 11am-12.30pm 
Has a collection of work including cards, unframed paintings, brooches and NEW lampshades, where you can also order your own custom made lampshades to be collected for at the market.

I am currently getting the range ready for the Rathmullan Heritage Centre, which will be available from the first weekend in July.

A new pop up shop will be opening on the 8th July 2011, in Ardara to go alongside our Snapshots exhibition.
Open until 20th August, all welcome.

Monday, June 6, 2011

New retail outlets

Snowdrop lampshade
Tulip lampshade
I have been a very busy girl and have opened an collective exhibition "Snapshots" in `the Leitrim Design House , they are also stocking a large range of my bags, scarves and bits and bobs in the shop. Plus a range of lampshades, so if you are in the area take a look.
I also delivered a range of bags, scarves and hairbands to An Clachan , Gweedore, Co Donegal if you want to take a look.