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designer maker : animals with attitude, Nameless Wonders by Karen Suzuki

emma lamb

OMG! I've been itching to tell you guys all about Karen Suzuki's incredible hand stitched creatures since I spotted them at Edinburgh's West End Fair during the festival. As soon as I spotted her wee stall I made a bee-line for her Nameless Wonders...

Animals with attitude: just a small collection of Karen Suzuki's nameless wonders... fabulous!
All images: Karen Suzuki / Nameless Wonders

I think I babbled on at Karen for way too long telling her how gorgeous her creations were. The stitching, the patching, the fabric... all perfectly combined with such energy, passion and a bucket full of humour to boot (just take a peek at her despicable Scottish seagull with it's bag of poo, ready to strike any unsuspecting passer by!) On the day I was having a very hard time deciding which Nameless Wonder was my absolute fave, but after much mooching around their Facebook page George the Spaniel is coming a close second to Karen's charming foxes!


"I’m inspired by old toys – especially my own (why grow up?) – and the wonderful animals, particularly cats, that I’ve found in Japan, made from scraps of kimono fabric; also by the amazing work of Louise Bourgeois. I’m completely led by the physicality of materials and can’t resist the urge to try out new combinations of materials and making techniques to see what will happen. Every piece of work throws up a host of new questions and ideas, so my mind is always on a dozen projects at once."

Animals with attitude: just a small collection of Karen Suzuki's nameless wonders... fabulous!
All images: Karen Suzuki / Nameless Wonders

For more info about Karen and her fabulous animals with attitude (who hail from Glasgow, Scotland) please do take a peek around some of her sites: Website, Etsy, Folksy, DaWanda, Facebook.

Emma, x

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