FAIC Oral History Project
In 1985 Karen was interviewed by the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation (FAIC) as part of their Oral History Project, and she spoke at length about various aspects of her life and career.
The interviews were conducted by Vicki Cassman and took place over four days. Full transcripts of all four sessions are now available below.
The oral history project of the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation. Housed at the Winterthur Museum, Library, and Archives.
Conducted July 16th, 1985
Karen talks about her early days up until the Royal School of Needlework job
Conducted July 17th, 1985
Karen discusses life at the V&A, and writing the memorandum
Conducted July 18th, 1985
Karen speaks about establishing the Textile Conservation Centre at Hampton Court Palace
A Life Journey interviews
Karen was interviewed several times between September 2010 and February 2011 as part of the making of a retrospective film looking at her life and career. All interviews – with the exception of interview 3 – were conducted by Julia Statman and filmed by Sharon Rapaport. The finished film can be viewed here.
The interview transcripts are presented in full below.
Conducted September 23rd, 2010
Karen’s memories of her parents and grandparents, and early life on Meldgaard
Conducted September 30th, 2010
Karen speaks about her aunts, uncles and cousins, and her brothers and sisters
Conducted October 7th, 2010
Karen talks to archivist Karen Horton about selected artefacts relating to her life and career
Conducted November 18th, 2010
Karen’s memories of occupied Denmark during the war and the resistance efforts
Conducted November 22nd, 2010
Karen speaks about art college in Copenhagen, meeting her husband Norman, and her daughter Katrina
Conducted December 9th, 2010
Karen speaks about her career after moving to England
Conducted January 17th, 2011
Karen reflects on her life and career and speaks about identity, her biggest influences, and legacy
Conducted February 11th, 2011
Karen discusses a selection of photos from her early life
Conducted February 18th, 2011
Karen talks about a series of selected artefacts from her early life and career