Karen is an artist of unusual versatility. Her skills run the gamut
from fashion design to interior design and the graphic arts.
She began her professional life as an apparel designer, winning
a national competition while a student at the Rhode Island School
of Design, for the design of the U.S. Olympics parade uniforms.
The uniforms were proudly worn by our U.S. Olympics team at the
traditional opening ceremonies in Grenoble, France.
After earning a BFA from RISD, Karen was awarded the Textron Fellowship.
She was invited to apprentice two well known European designers:
Irene Galitzine in Milan and Alberto Fabiani in Rome. She opted
to spend a year in Rome, Italy, apprenticing haute couture designer
Since then she has been the recipient of many prestigious industry
awards, including the DuPont Award for Design Excellence for menswear,
as well as women's sportswear, and the Sylvia De Gay Award.
After returning to New York she designed sportswear for B.H.Wragge,
Bill Atkinson, White Stag, Crazy Horse, and Bill Tice.
During these years, Karen, and her sister, Joan, worked separately
in parallel fields. The notion of working together one day was a
dream they shared.
An opportunity finally presented itself, and the two designing sisters
were able to collaborate on collections of printed fabrics, bedding
ensembles, rugs, accessories, dinnerware, wallcoverings, paper products,
paper tabletop, giftwraps, stationery, and greeting cards, which
were designed and licensed to major companies in their respective
The collaboration proved to be a successful one. Karen and Joan
Saloomey infused the home furnishings industry with their unique
whimsy. They were the recipients of many major industry awards.
Karen thrived on the exhilarating challenges of her long design
career. She is now looking forward with great enthusiasm to a new
chapter, devoted to the Fine Arts, and the freedom to explore with
abandon wherever her imagination takes her.