Hi, I’m Karuna at Design Crafty – an experienced, freelance designer and tutor. 

I trained for a BA (Honours) in Textile Design at Central St Martin’s School of Art & Design, London and a Masters in Textiles with Computer Applications at Herriot Watt University, Scotland.  I have worked both as an in-house and a freelance textile designer for various companies across the UK and Europe over the last 13 years, and have taught undergraduates and adults as a visiting lecturer too.  I’ve recently relocated to New Zealand with my lovely family.

I love…..design, textiles ( print, weave, knit, crochet, sewing etc), colour, pattern, drawing, painting, teaching, CAD work, yarn, dyeing, crafts and handmade goodness….

I also love hanging out with my family and friends, going for walks, bike rides and to the cafe with my best friend and husband, being with the kids, my home in lovely NZ, gardening, baking, the beach, mountains and sea near our home…to name but a few….



2 Comments to “About”

  1. I I am interested in your courses if they are not too expensive. How many hours do they run for? Can you show me some samples of the type of things you make on the course?
    Also, I would like to view your portfolio to see if I am interested.
    Thanks, and I look forward to hearing from you,

    • Hi there, Thank you for your inquiry. The Print design course is about to start again soon – I’m just organising who can come and when. Friday mornings seem to be popular….I will be able to offer a weekend course after the new year.
      Anyway, I usually do 4 morning sessions to complete the project (9.30am-12.15) and it costs $125 dollars for course. You get a 20cm square digitaly printed fabric swatch of your design included in the price and some printouts of development work plus notes along the way. If you want to order a further amount of custom printed fabric, you are welcome to but you have to pay for those as an extra cost. There’s quite a few different fabric bases you can choose from for all sort of different end uses and they are reasonably priced.
      The course covers some basics of textile design such as inspiration boards, colour theory, design repeats, scanning in your own artwork and developing it into a fabric etc.
      I am just in the process of putting together some images of both mine and some student’s work and I hope they will be up on the blog this week. Apologies but the portfolio pages are password protected for my agent and customers only (I sell these one-off designs and they can’t be published until sold)
      I hope that is helpful
      Just email me if you would like any further info.Thanks! Karuna, Design Crafty xxx

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