The Frugal Designer – Karen Luchak

It’s time to start introducing our new vendors for 2018, starting with Karen Luchak. You will find her at the Festival as The Frugal Designer.


Karen has been passionate about fabric and sewing since her youth. Her love for fibre arts eventually led her to a teaching career in Fashion Technology (Murdoch MacKay high school vocational program). The program included: illustration; pattern design; construction; and theory. After retiring from 36 years as a public-school educator, she sought out ways to express her creativity. As a result, she now undertakes theatrical costume making, staging homes and is continually pondering new projects.


Her current focus is on sustainability and reusing fabric remnants, old jewellery pieces, beads and buttons to build whimsical one of a kind fashion accessories. Karen is inspired by current artistic trends, interesting colours, pinterest, nature and by the work of her colleagues and peers. Current necklaces include pieces of driftwood gathered from exotic Lester Beach.


Karen is also sharing her talents with us by organizing a fashion show to be presented at the Festival. Stay tuned for more details about that!

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