Hello, my name is Karen Bunting. I am a surface pattern designer living in Bristol, UK. I taught Fine Art and Textiles for 10 years, to pupils aged 11-19, which I absolutely loved! After much soul searching I decided to create surface pattern designs full-time for a variety of surfaces. My desire is to bring a bit of joy, colour and decorative detail to a variety of surfaces.
The designs are all hand drawn and I have had a love of pattern all of my life. I am inspired by nature and the countryside surrounding me, from my garden to being outdoors collecting images to work from as I walk. I have always been inspired by objects from bric-a-brac markets, classic vintage and contemporary children’s books, old botanical encyclopedias, vintage fabrics and wallpapers.
I would love to see my patterns extend to wallpaper, homeware and stationery. I want to create beauty and joy through my designs, using colour and organic shapes. My big ambition would be to be represented by a top agent and have a booth at international design fair Surtex one day and to illustrate a children’s book.