Karla Newell leads the 3-Dimensional Design & Architecture Curriculum Area on the Foundation Course. She teaches Jewellery, Footwear & Fashion Accessories.
Karla has taught these disciplines since 1988 at Sheffield Hallam University and Middlesex University as well as CSM. At Central Saint Martins she was previous Pathway Leader for Artefact on BA Arts and Design. She is an experienced External Moderator, having worked for the University of the Arts Awarding Body for four years.
Karla is a practicing jewellery designer producing one-off pieces to private commission. Her work features in the V&A permanent collection. She is also active in related fields of professional practice, focusing on the design of domestic outdoor spaces and gardens. Jewellery and garden design come together in an overriding interest in traditional craft skills, as well as in the investigation of surface texture, pattern and detail within a spatial and landscape context.
Her current research interest focuses on the application of woodland craft practices and countryside skills in an urban context. She creates private outdoor spaces, applying traditional rural construction techniques and using natural materials.
Karla won the Royal Horticultural Society & Daily Mail National Garden Competition. Her garden design has had much publicity and exposure in the national press and television. It has also featured internationally, in magazines and in specialist garden design books. (i.e. ‘The RHS Encyclopedia of Garden Design’ by Dorling Kindersley and David Stevens’ “Backyard Blueprints”, published by Jacqui Small/Aurum Press)