KAREN L. BLUMSACK
Karen's love for fashion and construction started at an early age, watching her mother hand sew quilts and clothing. While in High School she started making dance costumes for a local designer, learning to balance construction and functionality with design. After graduating she received her associates degree in fashion design at Newbury College. She then switched gears and decided to pursue a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts at Massachusetts College of Art specializing in metalsmith and glasswork. It was during this time she started to work with Artist and Sculptor Gregory Curci whose work consisted of solar power sculptures as well as restoring public and private works. Working with Gregory she developed a keen eye for fine finishing and detailing. After taking some time off to focus on raising her 3 boys, she then returned to her roots. She worked on tailoring uniforms and for the men and women in the fire and police departments as well as, building and restoring costumes for a small theatrical company.
In 2013 she started work at Emerson Fry, a design apparel company whose goal was to create chic fashion forward pieces while focusing on sustainability and eco friendly textiles, as well as manufacturing here in the United States. Her broad range of skills made her a valuable asset to the Design/Development team. Some of her tasks included pattern making, draping, sample making, layouts, fitting, alterations, technical design, tech packs, as well as fabric and wear testing. Her attention to detail and hands on approach allowed her to troubleshoot any issues that may arise before product goes to manufacturing.
Sara has always had a love for fashion and fabrics. From a young age, she has always gravitated toward the arts, and learned how to sew from her mother. She attended Massachusetts College of Art and Design, graduating with a BFA in Fashion Design. While at Mass Art, she was able to explore all different mediums, from painting, to jewelry making, to basket weaving. She found her place in fashion design, and was drawn towards production and development. After college, Sara worked for several retail stores, perfecting a level of styling, customer service, and a deeper understanding of the levels of the fashion industry. Sara found her true calling in sewing when she began working for an alteration shop. She learned proper technique, the basics of alterations, and creating custom made pieces. She also used her skills learned in school, such as pattern making and technical design.
Sara later found work with Emerson Fry, located in Portsmouth NH. At Emerson Fry, she worked in development as a sample maker. She made samples start to finish and was a part of the development process. She was able to excel in her sewing and problem solving skills, often working with the pattern maker and other team members in creating a perfect piece for production and style. She was exposed to the manufacturing process and the importance of sustainable fashion. Throughout her career, she has been able to meet and work with amazingly talented people, learning more with each day. She finds working in development very satisfying and challenging. Sara currently resides in Portsmouth, NH, enjoying the beautiful seacoast.