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.