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. An endless fascination with the human journey informs my ever-unfolding studio practice and current progress towards a Masters in Liberal Studies at SUNY Empire State University.

My art practice

I find inspiration in the panoply of patterns and narratives of nature, humans included. I am currently experimenting with unconventional book and kinetic forms using paper, textiles, and single-use plastic packaging. I strive to offer visceral, hands-on experiences with both my individual and collaborative pieces in an effort to nurture curiosity and critical thinking in these challenging times.

Let’s connect

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

Read about my creative and trail adventures on my Switchbacks blog.

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