Karen HansenArtist, Maker, Curator, Project manager, Teacher
Working with Design and Natural Form to create contemporary furniture and sculptural construction, my practise is based on strong sustainable ethics both in process and outcome. I am inspired by nature and seek to emphasise the connections between us and our environment. This might relate to the use of local material to promote the survival of the woodland resource or build on particular site specific elements within a commission. The design ideas develop with emphasis on clear clean lines and comfortable function and are based on a long developed experience and good understanding of material and structure. My Danish roots continue to influence both approach and result. Projects vary from private and individual commissions that fulfil needs within personal space to large scale research and developments for public clients within civic, health and leisure facilities. Design and development will often involve in-depth consultation with client or community group as well as facilitation of workshops and experimental processes on both social and practical levels. Working with the given qualities of the material, I create simple design-solutions which allow the natural form to make each piece of furniture unique. The strong sculptural element is integral by a subtle use of the changing form – either on the basis of its origin in the natural world or by shaping and manipulating the material to achieve the fine balance between dynamic form, comfort and strength in structure. I mainly work hands-on as an artist through research and concept development to final outcome but also enjoy opportunities to collaborate across disciplines and with other practitioners.