Topic - Artist Spotlight

Karen Starr

Meet our new Interior Designer, Chelsea Uhl!

Posted March 8, 2017

Last month, we had the pleasure of bringing another interior designer onto the Hazel Tree team. I'd like to introduce you to Chelsea Uhl.

Chelsea joins us from working recently as a freelance interior designer. She received her bachelor of Fine Arts, Interior Design, at the Savannah College of Art and Design and studied abroad in Lacoste, France.

Chelsea is not only a talented interior designer, she is also an amazing textile designer that specializes in hand dyed textiles and custom pattern design (in fact, they are so striking, that her very first week I decided to incorporate some custom-dyed fabric into one of my current projects.) In addition to that, she's amazing with graphic design and designing with plants!

Until she gets acclimated to our studio, she'll work with me on my current and upcoming group of projects, to show her our process and introduce her to our amazing clients.
She and I also have some big thoughts about the showroom and what is possible there, and we look forward to working on that together in The Spring.

We are so happy to have her on the design team at Hazel Tree. Please help me in welcoming her!


Karen Starr

If This Wallpaper Could Talk - A new book project by Karen Starr and Shane Wynn

Posted October 31, 2016

The 2016 Knight Arts Challenge winners were just announced! Karen Starr and her project partner, Shane Wynn, were among 19 winners to receive a grant this year for their new book, "If This Wallpaper Could Talk".

The Knight Arts Challenge Akron is a $3 million, three-year initiative to draw the best and most innovative ideas out of local organizations and individuals seeking to engage and enrich the community through the arts. The arts challenge weighs ideas and picks projects that follow three basic rules:
1. The idea is about the arts.
2. The project takes place in or benefits Akron.
3. The group or individual submitting must find other funding to match the Knight Foundation's grant.

This round, Karen and Shane submitted a proposal for a project called, "If This Wallpaper Could Talk." Part arts-and-culture book, part local history book, it will be rich with alluring portraits and lively stories providing a unique glimpse into Akron’s most interesting wallpaper from the past and the present, as well as the people who cherish it.

The duo will begin work soon on matching the funding and they are already receiving ideas for wallpaper stories to cover! 

To find out more information about the project or to tell us about a cool wallpaper story, check out the website: www.ifthiswallpapercouldtalk.com.

Twitter: @ifthiswallpaper

Instagram: @ifthiswallpaper

Facebook: @ifthiswallpaper

To read about the other Knight Arts Challenge winners, click here.

(L to R) Victoria Rogers, Knight Foundation; Shane Wynn, Karen Starr; Kyle Kutuchief, Knight Foundation