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Greetings. I'm Karen Soleau, surface pattern designer, illustrator, and mixed media artist.  A Jersey Girl at heart, I relocated to San Francisco as soon as I left school. I started my career as an art teacher while moonlighting as a freelance graphic designer. For over 10 years, my main project was illustrating songs for piano lesson books (I know, a very unique niche).  My passion for the freedom of children's art, combined with illustrative design skills, led me to create greeting cards, stationary, calendars, and patterns for licensing. I am known for my vibrant, simple, colorful, and quirky style.

Continually inspired by humans, I believe everyone has a story to tell; listening to and imagining treasured moments is what makes my heart sing. My mixed media journals are a homage to the folks I love, and their unique personal stories. Creating a daily page gives me the freedom to play and the inspiration to create endless motifs for my surface pattern designs.


If you would like to see more of my collections or collaborate on a project, please contact me: