Karen Erasmus

Karen Erasmus

Bright and beautiful designs and illustrations for children's products

About

Hello, thank you for visiting. I am an illustrator and surface pattern designer. I’ve been creating artwork forever but when my children were babies I went to college to study illustration and graphic design. This led me to creating my first picture book published by Hachette Children’s Books in 2012. Since then I have enjoyed illustrating 18 published picture books.

My illustrations and surface pattern designs also feature on fabrics and can be applied to a wide range of different products. I adore creating colourful and engaging patterns and illustrations for children to enjoy.

Children’s Book Illustration

I have illustrated a large variety of children’s picture books and educational material covering a diverse range of subject matter. Publishers include The National Library of Australia, Hachette Children’s Books


CUSTOM PATTERN DESIGNS ON FABRIC

Are you looking for bright beautiful fabric? I can provide you with high-quality fabrics professionally printed with my designs. Fabric that has been sourced, manufactured and printed in Australia. I can also provide a sewing service if you would like cushion covers or tea-towels. High quality, custom-designed and made 100% in Australia.

Blog

New Collections!
Three new surface pattern design collections. Here's some of the inspirations and ideas behind the designs.
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Springing Forward
Illustrator and surface pattern designer Karen Erasmus has designed a new pattern with a Springtime theme
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Happy Holiday Season
I made this! The holiday season always seems to creep up on me at an alarming rate in Australia. The...
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Christmas! Just round the corner.
It’s going to be a bit of a mad Christmas this year at our place. With relatives driving across the...
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Excitement all round Play School, Fabric and Puppy!
Mini Celebrations We had a lot of fun watching Play School yesterday and celebrating 'Eva's Imagination' being read out. It...
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Water Lilies
I made a new pattern yesterday with water-lilies for inspiration. I was also following the creative prompt 'Grateful'. My cynical...
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Inspiration for Design
Inktober I'm managing to keep up with two versions of Inktober, but only just. Days go by and I miss...
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African Designs
A blog post about folk-art and surface pattern design.
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