Based in Thetford Mines Quebec, KQK is a creative studio for clothes and ceramics; the fashion collections are a meld of classic tailoring with creative techniques, the ceramics explore the boundaries of rigidity in their nature.
Very much inspired by the contrast between brutalist architecture and nature romanticized, KQK’s founder and designer Karen Quirion constantly redefines her craft through the deconstruction of shapes and the experimentation of colors and material to translate emotions.
Karen's work is currently available at:
LES Collection, New York, USA
Claude Home, New York, USA
Vessels + Sticks, Toronto, Canada
Souvenir Studios, Toronto, Canada
Karen Quirion is a Canadian multidisciplinary artist
based in Thetford Mines, Quebec. She has a formal background in fashion from the Campus
Notre-Dame-de-Foy in Quebec and the Istituto Europeo
di Design in Milan. She is the founder and creative
director of her studio, KQK, and has
recently started working with ceramics
Focusing on both one-of-a-kind art pieces and
sculptural vases, she started working with ceramics
in 2020 and it has now become an integral part
of her work.
A long-time lover of brutalist architecture, Karen is a
self-taught ceramicist working essentially with clay. All
of her pieces are hand-built through techniques of
coiling, pinching and slab building. Exploring the boundaries of rigidity in their nature, her ceramics
are the result in an experiment of deconstruction through organic forms.