Karen said shelling at Sanibel Island is her idea of the best vacation because she gets to learn so much about sea shells and experience actually searching for them herself and sorting them by species. She also loves creating original pieces with the collected shells when she gets back home to her studio.
Karen and her fiancé and President of Karen Robertson Collection, John, spent four days on the island collecting rare and beautiful shells and meeting artists who use them to create intricate works of art.
Karen collected pounds of shells from the mounds that create the beach and island.
Karen with Bill Jordan, an award winning shell artist. Jordan has taken "Best in Show" at many of the world's most prestigious Shell Shows. His unique designs and exquisitely detailed mosaics take shape as Sailor's Valentines and in pocket watches.
Pocket watch shell art by Jordan, designed for Karen Robertson.
Shellatier is a trademark of the Karen Robertson Collection
Our second show at High Point Market Week went better than we could have hoped for. We enjoyed seeing old friends, making new ones and hearing all of your wonderful feedback. Thank you so much to everyone who came out to see us, we owe it all to you and your business.
A special thanks also to all those who attended our party Monday night. We had fun sharing cupcakes, champagne and our knowledge on dynamic walls with you.
The demonstration by the lovely ladies from Casart was fabulous. Ashley, of Casart Coverings - our partner and provider of the Karen Robertson Collection line of removable, reusable wall coverings - demonstrated how quick and easy the product is to install (she did it in heels!).
John served as our handsome bar tender for the evening.
He filled our glasses with champagne alongside an adorable cupcake display
shaped like an anchor!
Karen scaled a ladder in her gown to grace us with her words of gratitude and a lecture on dynamic wall design.
Ashley transformed a blank wall into an interesting landscape for Karen's art.
The beautiful lades who won Karen's raffle gifts!
The whole crew!
From left to right: Lorre Lei, Elizabeth and Ashley from Casart
with me, Karen and John from Karen Robertson Collection
Each piece of art is created and hand-signed by the artist himself and shipped from its birth place, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
NYIGF was the Mitchell's first show and Karen was delighted by his work.
"I love each and every piece, the work is so fun and beautiful. I now own a pair of Auricula which I have in my bedroom," Karen said.
Mitchell with his artwork at Pier 94 for the January 2012 NYIGF.
No novice to the design world, Lisa Jarvis has owned an interior design business for most of her life. But when she woke one morning with the idea to design her own line of furniture and accessories, her design talents turned from table arrangements to table legs.
"I've always said, if I can't find it, I'll make it," Jarvis said.
So that's what she did. A week after her early morning epiphany, Jarvis was sending her drawings out to get prototypes.
Her designs are elegant and edgy, perfectly merging old world and modern elements to create a comfortable yet high-style feel.
After years of being an NYIGF shopper, Jarvis is proudly exhibiting her own work.
Karen loves her style and the fact that she works so seamlessly with her husband of 14 years.
"They have so much in common with John and I. Together they have created a beautiful and successful business."
Lisa Jarvis and her husband with their new line of furniture and accessories at Pier 94, January 2012 NYIGF.
The design for these graphic side-tables came from her diamond wedding ring.
Michele Varian, of Michele Varian Collective, has a knack for bringing nature-inspired art into the home is what caught Karen's eye.
"Her twist on nature and ability to make something new and funky from something old is so inspiring and fun," Karen said.
The inspiration for Michele Varian's geometric pillows and graphic wallpaper comes from American Indian designs and the flora and fauna that surrounded them.
All Varian's work and the work of artists she represents in her store in Downtown NYC are made in the USA.
Over the holidays Karen was delighted to meet a member of the Gambardella family, Aunt Theresa, who is an excellent painter. Aunt Theresa just turned 90 and is perfecting the art of oil painting. She particularly loves painting water scenes.
Her remarkable talent and shared love for the ocean was too wonderful not to show-off.