I am Karen Williamson, a creative artist and natural dyer from Aotearoa New Zealand, blessed to live in a beautiful country surrounded by natural bush, clean beaches and rural farmland. Plants are my medium, eco printing on a canvas of natural textiles intended to be worn as wearable art. The process of eco printing is a mindful and joyous one as I search for forms and colours in nature, creating a sense of place in which I love living while embracing sustainable principles.
My background is in nursing but I always held a dream to be a full time artist. After discovering the
work of eco printer India Flint and several years of experimenting with this art, I took a giant leap of faith and left a career in palliative care in 2016 to follow this creative journey. So, from dying to dyeing...
Each step in the process of eco dyeing is soulful, from foraging for plants through to unbundling the
finished work. I embrace the serendipity of working with natural resources and in particular New
Zealand native plants. The results are always intriguing and wonderful.
I am the founder and sole owner of Nuku, a sustainable slow fashion business. I work and teach from my home studio in Kaipara, New Zealand.
My story is also told in an interview with Felt, New Zealand's online marketplace. You can read it here.