Karen Viola Artworks

A bit about me

I spent my childhood in Canada then moved to New York to earn my BFA at Parsons School of Design. I have designed innovative children’s books for many years and now run my own graphic design business, Climbing Tree Studio, and micro-press, Climbing Tree Press. My paper engineering skills and fascination with the human journey informs my ever-unfolding studio practice.

My art practice

I find inspiration in the patterns and narrative of nature, humans included. I am currently experimenting with unconventional book and other hybrid forms using paper, hand-dyed textiles, and upcycled materials. I strive to offer a visceral, hands-on experience with my pieces in an effort to nurture curiosity, social connectivity, and environmental stewardship.

Let’s connect

Follow me, my trees, and books on instagram: @climbingtreedesign

Please contact me with any questions about purchasing or commissioning works at kviola@climbingtreedesign.com.