The Board of Design Tasmania warmly welcome our new Chief Executive Officer Karina Clarke. Karina will take up her position in late February after moving from the University of New South Wales as Program Director and Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Art and Design.

Karina returns to Tasmania after forging a successful design career with over 25 years experience across education, interior design, furniture design, design manufacturing, management, and retail branding. In 1992 she undertook a Masters degree in Furniture Design at the Centre for the Arts, University of Tasmania studying under John Smith and Kevin Perkins. This was a formative time in developing her design practice and instilled a respect for the skills and knowledge of others and an appreciation of craft, craftsmanship, sustainability and collaboration.

After completing her MFA at the University she went on to work for Chiswell Furniture creating award winning furniture designs and developing a new range for the long standing Australian owned business. Here, Karina developed an understanding of manufacturing, scales of production, manufacturing systems, retail buyers, brand development and of course building a relationship with customers. On the back of this success she was head hunted by Country Road to be their Product Development manager for all homewares, lighting and furniture for the national retailer. Karina’s experience as a designer in the commercial sector gives her an acute appreciation of the market for furniture and homewares.

Karina then moved into Education taking up the position of Lecturer within the Faculty of Art and Design at the University of New South Wales where she has continued to develop her practice and research. Most recently she was the Program Director for the Undergraduate Design program within the Faculty of Art and Design UNSW. Her years of study, research and teaching both in Australia and internationally, give her a deep understanding of the cultural and social influences which shape our response to objects. The breadth of her design experience underpins her commitment to the collaboration or dialogue between designer, manufacturer and user which she sees as central to the development of an object for small scale production.

Once again we congratulate Karina on her appointment and welcome her to Design Tasmania. Karina will continue as an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at UNSW.

"Good design acts as a change agent and allows us to go about our daily tasks with minimum effort. It affords us the opportunity to make a difference in the world and to that end Design Tasmania has continued to make a difference in the lives of designers artisans manufacturers and the broader community of Tasmania. It has historically taken Tasmanian Design to International trade fares and built relationships all over the world. I will continue to extend the reputation and brand name of Design Tasmania to National and International audiences." Karina CLarke

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