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Meet Karen O'Kane of Koko Designs

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My interest in art and craft began when I was growing up in the Potteries in Stoke on Trent, England, where my Nana was an artist. She taught at Burslem School of Art and we spent all our spare time together painting and crafting.

I went to university in Edinburgh and studied psychology. After graduating I used art with my clients in mental health and learning disability services.
In 2003 I moved to Dublin and worked in homeless services, again I managed to use art in my work.

I also started selling my craft work in 2003. At first, I only worked on glass selling at craft fairs in Scotland and Ireland. In 2008 I moved to Donegal and set up kokodesigns.

I work with hand painted silk and mixed media in my studio in Ramelton, County Donegal. I paint the silk using the serti technique and my paintings are transformed into handbags, accessories, scarves, lampshades, notebooks and exhibition pieces.

My colourful work is inspired by my local landscape, my love of the Art Deco period and my travels.

I also make bespoke pieces including fashion and home interior commissions and a range of gift items such as brooches, silk painted cards and small paintings.

My work is available to buy from my studio, my online shop and a number of selected national and international outlets. I can ship your purchases worldwide and gift vouchers are also available.

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