Karen works to bring innovative ideas and fundamental kindness to every project. She has won awards for photography, writing and community development. In 2018 Karen received the Global X Foundation Award for Innovation, in 2019 she was named the Digital Influencer of the Year at the Holland Press Awards, and in 2020 she was announced as a finalist in the NHB Awards for Entrepreneur of the Year.
Karen consults for individuals and creative businesses from start ups to well known brands and corporations such as Fujifilm, Lotus and PPHE Group, advising on all things from brand identity to community development.
Delivering cultural projects across Europe, Karen is experienced in working with museums and galleries, offering consultancy, developing exhibition spaces and education programmes, curating exhibitions, and collaborating with organisations such as The National Archive, English Heritage and Cambridge University.
Karen is the Creative Director of Shutter Hub, the UK based photography organisation providing opportunities, support and networking for creative photographers worldwide. She founded the organisation to create a supportive community for photographers and to provide a platform for the development of ideas and careers. More recently the organisation has launched Shutter Hub Editions, a small publishing house specialising in photobooks.
Karen founded and co-directs the charitable organisation Toiletries Amnesty, working to end hygiene poverty and beauty industry waste through creative collaborations and a circular economy, whilst driving environmental and societal change.
Starting out as a photographer Karen’s early work investigated themes of memory and loss, attachment, the clues of existence, and the evidence of memories. She undertook residencies with museums and archives, and exhibited internationally.
With a desire to inspire creativity and bring high quality arts to rural Cambridgeshire, Karen founded the award-wining arts organisation Atelier East. The name became synonymous with supporting arts and cultural expansion in deprived communities. Karen worked with local government and other organisations to develop a first-rate cultural offer, including public art commissioning and social planning, creating the Young Curators programme within a number of museums and galleries, founding a poet laureate scheme, producing over 70 exhibitions, and delivering hundreds of creative experiences. Seven years later, in 2013, with the the receipt of almost £1 million in Arts Council funding, Atelier East merged with a regional arts charity, and Karen stepped away to pursue other goals.
Karen went on to found Shutter Hub, and Toiletries Amnesty, as well as offering her creative consultancy to a much broader and widespread audience. You can read more about that here.
Selected clients and featured work:
Museums and Heritage: David Parr House / English Heritage / Kettles Yard / Marine Conservation Society / National Archive / Peterborough Sculpture Trust / Teylers Museum / Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust
Travel and Tourism: Amsterdam Partners / art’otel / DFDS / Dorsett Hotels / The Hoxton / Marriott Hotels / Hotel Lion d’Or / PPHE Hotel Group / Rotterdam Partners / Son Brull / Taj Mahal Palace / Thomas Cook / Visit Flanders / Visit Netherlands / Waldorf Astoria
Lifestyle: Away / BBC News / Bridgestone / Caterpillar / Elho / Facebook / Fujifilm / Green Flag / Lotus Cars / Luks Linen / Nisshoku Watches / Omlet / Piglet / Riut / Shade Station
Food and Drink: Bellavita Awards / Chase / Crafthouse / Diageo / Divine Chocolate / Glorious Foods / L’anticacascina / Opies / Pink Lady / Sous Chef / Tozi / Waitrose / Willie’s Cacao
Publications: British Journal of Photography / Country Living / Homes and Antiques / The Independent / Metro / Practical Poultry / Financial Times / Smallholder / Tatler
Features and Interviews: Be Kind / BBC Radio / British Journal of Photography / CRASSH at Cambridge University / Financial Times / The Guardian / The Independent / Loupe / Motors TV / Practical Performance Car / Racing Vogue / Womens Weekly