Karthika Audinet is a designer with 25+ years of international experience with a background in designing luxury textiles. In France, she created furnishings carried by world renowned clients such as Scalamandré, Lee Jofa and Zimmer & Rohde. At the iconic Indian retail store, Good Earth, she set up the textile department with top notch fabrics. For the World Bank in Cambodia, she invented an array of new products for the European gift market.
In 2008, Karthika launched Designers and Artisans, a consultancy and fair trade company, to focus on high end crafts. In collaboration with five non profit organizations in India and Cambodia, she converted captivating textiles into fifty limited edition products retailed at twenty US boutiques. Since 2011, Karthika has combined her vast knowledge of design and entrepreneurial skills playing a pivotal role in establishing an innovative social enterprise, called Coletta Collections based on fine craftsmanship by adults with disabilities. With her seasoned sense of color, trends, and inspiration, she directs the creative process of a hundred decor and fashion SKUs per year, with eight studios and seventy-five participants in the Washington DC area. www.colettacollections.com
Karthika taught at the Corcoran College of Art + Design / George Washington University for 8 years, and has lectured at the Smithsonian / George Mason University, the Textile Museum, DC, and the Mingei International Museum. A regular contributor to the Textiles Asia Journal, her publication at the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Harvard University is forthcoming.
Karthika holds two MAs from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle, France and the National Institute of Design, India.