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Hand Papermaking


Karen is honored to accept the freelance position of lead magazine designer for Hand Papermaking, a collectable and globally-acclaimed journal.

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View the latest featured projects below, or click the links to the left to see more work.

Roundtable Coffee Works
Twin Cities Flower Exchange

Wholesale Market

In spring 2017, Christine from Foxglove launched Twin Cities Flower Exchange, a wholesale market for local, sustainable cut flowers and flora. As one of the first local, chemical-free wholesale markets in the U.S., TCFE is paving the way for change and playing a role in a nation-wide floral revolution. Illustration by Lisa Rydin Erickson.

Kopplin's Izzy's Album Art


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Goosefoot Kitchen

Radical, Everyday Eating

Goosefoot is a new-fashioned, holistic sort of service, and the spark of a movement. Each week subscribers gain kitchen confidence through delicious, wholesome, and practical meal plans, ready-to-go grocery lists, and a trove of home-cooking support and good food intrigue. Kristin and I worked together for over 6 months developing the brand, selecting and hand-coloring illustrated stock images that can be seen throughout the site, working with an illustrator to create key icons, creating an app for online subscription (led by a favorite programmer collaborator), and thorough strategy sessions around website navigation and usability. I cannot wait for this project to launch in 2017!

Kopplin's Izzy's Album Art

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ORIJIN STONE

Natural Stone & Sculpture

Working with ORIJIN STONE is a treat. From the beginning, we've worked together collaboratively to create and develop their brand. In 2016, we designed a new 46-page full color product catalog that showcases their su perior stone selection, featuring the finest natural stone paving and coordinating products.

Kopplin's Izzy's Album Art

Kopplin's Izzy's Album Art



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Etho Capital

Fossil-Free ETF

For those who care about sustainability as well as the sustainability of their own financial future, Etho Capital has just the ETF. In their recent launch on the New York Stock Exchange, Etho positioned themselves as the world’s first diversified, socially responsible and fossil-free, exchange-traded fund (ETF) based on a climate leadership index. Design for the Arts partnered with Etho to creative direct, style and produce their website, and led on brand development, color palette, logo refinment, design and brand guideline creation. Read more at The Energy Fix and CNN Money.

Kopplin's Izzy's Album Art


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Kopplin's Coffee & Izzy's Ice Cream

Album Art for an Espresso Remix

Izzy's Ice Cream makes the best ice cream in town, and they are fun to work with. Jeff of Izzy's reached out to local celebrities and businesses to create album art for their newest ice cream flavors. It's no surprise that Kopplin's was chosen as the star player for the espresso ice cream. Album art centered around an espresso remix. The back cover illustration highlights an espresso shot, which I think is worthy of a band t-shirt.

Kopplin's Izzy's Album Art

Kopplin's Izzy's Album Art

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Foxglove Market & Studio

Flowers & Flora Illustration

Christine of Foxglove Market & Studio and I created this beautiful fold-out together to define Foxglove's flowers & flora offerings. Through strategy and discussion, we created headlines with thoughtful descriptors, key content that could be repurposed to the website, the Harvested Here tagline (which also became a stamp), the clover illustration and the key phrase Flowers & Flora. 100% locally-sourced flower bouquets are available in the store (and now in Mississippi Market and select farmer's markets), and custom arrangements are available for gatherings, events and weddings.

Foxglove Market & Studio

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George Oppen

A Narrative by Author Eric Hoffman

Author and poet Eric Hoffman is a longtime creative collaborator, friend and client who has written extensively on George Oppen for well over a decade. The release of this book is a proud and celebrated moment, so I was honored when he asked me to design the cover of George Oppen — A Narrative. The key feature in this design is the transparent band that seamlessly wraps the cover, spine, and back cover, highlighting the book title, byline, and pull quote through careful placement and a little luck.

Eric Hoffman - George Oppen

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Public Field Guide

Elevating Stories About Public Land

Hand-drawn illustration for my project to raise awareness about land through drawing, story, film and travel. Public Field Guide is an artist-led project exploring the many layers of value that public land offers to its communities. The project aligns with the heart, elevates the expansive beauty of land, and honors the distinctive importance of specific areas, and communities that have symbiosis with that land. More illustration.

Karen Kopacz Illustration

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Urban Oasis

Healthy Food. Whole Community.

In 2013, Urban Oasis was the winning idea in The Saint Paul Foundation’s $1 Million Forever Saint Paul Challenge. Today, Urban Oasis is an initiative of the Lower Phalen Creek Project and we are creating all sorts of ways you can feed your family and support our local food system.

Urban Oasis


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Bunch & Bundle

Food With a Story

Bunch & Bundle is a brand with a mission: to change the way we think about buying food. The idea is simple, make the story of our food transparent, including where it comes from and its harvest date. 'Bunches' of people opt in to buy food that might not otherwise be available (for example, there are over 500 varieties of bananas, but we only have access to 1 in the US), and farmers have a better idea which items consumers want. The brand has started taking shape through strategy, name ideation, and logo design. Nabeel and I continue to work together to develop brand and identity.

Bunch & Bundle

Roundtable Coffee Works
Roundtable Coffee Works
Drink It Here, Take It Home

Design for the Arts partnered with Roundtable Coffee Works to create their identity, tagline, in-cafe signs, coffee bean bag design, and hand illustrated window treatment.

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Roundtable Coffee Works
Little Pots, Little Cups

Each Cup of Tea Is Its Own Little World

Noah Mirovsky of Little Pots, Little Cups has worked with Karen and Design for the Arts since the very beginning, perhaps more than any other client. From strategy, naming and tagline, identity design, Web, and content development, to photography and business coaching this is truly one of the most engaged brands I've worked with to date. Our collaborative process has ensured that the messaging captures a joyful and magical experience, and our weekly meetings keep the process in constant flow.

Little Pots, Little Cups

Little Pots, Little Cups

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Selby Acupuncture

Helping You & Your Family Achieve Wellness

Design for the Arts and Selby Acupuncture have been building brand together for years. From logo, brochure, business cards and signs for their business to Website, newsletter campaigns and ads, we work together to create a cohesive marketing strategy that connects them to clients who are seeking health, balance and wellness.

Selby Acupuncture