The Boot Kidz
The Boot Kidz are three characters designed by Karen Henry. Sold and manufactured by Bootkidz Ltd, a London furniture design company based near Wimbledon. Each colourful Boot Kidz coat stand has funky Wellington Boots made of concrete and bolted onto a round grey MDF base.
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Karen Henry is a successful British entrepreneur and creative director and owner of Bootkidz Ltd - a small design business based in London, England. She was born in Redcar in Yorkshire, Middlesbrough in 1964.
Karen lives in Wimbledon in London and when she is not working, enjoys walks around Wimbledon Park and playing tennis at the Wimbledon Tennis courts.
Karen Henry successfully completed her HND in Furniture Design and Realisation, at London Metropolitan University in the Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design.
Karen learned practical skills for designing and building furniture using a broad range of materials - studying the history, machine processes, CAD (Computer Aided Design), development and prototyping of ideas, materials manipulation, professional design, project planning and principles of design. It included contemporary manufacturing methods and those of the traditional designer-maker.
Karen Henry designed the Boot Kidz in 2005 as a collection of cartoon-like characters with concrete ‘wellie’ boots - combining metalwork, materials, and design into a unique furniture design product:
The mannequin prototypes were built in the Universities workshop over a period of three months.
Karen is also interested in art and has undertaken a number of art classes at City Lit University in London, including:
- Charcoal Drawing
- Acrylic Painting
- Metal Sculpture
- Fabric Design
- Colour Theory
- Clay Sculpture
- Advanced Portrait Painting
Karen has worked on a number of artistic creations and product prototypes including:
- Various Portraits
- Paintings of Flowers
- Furniture Designs
- Lighting Products
- Mannequin Designs
- Sofa Realisations
- Outdoor furniture designs
- Window Displays
In 2006, Karen worked with Gap Kids to produce the Regent Street window display for the London Design Festival.
In 2011, Bootkidz was part of the Debenhams Autumn children's fashion exhibition.
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