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I (Karie Brown) have been a designer since I was 10 years old, with my notebook and color pencil sketches of dresses and hair designs.  When I was young I always thought I would be an artist.  But like many people, somewhere in those very influential years I accepted the belief that I had to do something that would actually make money.
I went to college, first I pursued business then Public Relations. I ended up in Religion and Counseling.  I had a hard time sticking with a program that made money.  One thing I did learn in my education is that I had a tremendous desire to help people and make a difference in the world around me.  My interest have been in the Environment, humanitarian work, and human rights.  Since then I have had amazing opportunities to do different projects all over the world..
As I continued on this road, I saw a disconnect in the two worlds I was equally drawn to.  The worlds of Fashion and the world of Philanthropy.  I refused to believe that fashion had to be as trite as it is portrayed.  It felt so much like art to me.
Last year, I saw my two world converge harmoniously as I left my work and pursued starting my own business: KarieSue Creations.  My Mission was to create and facilitate creativity among and for women. I have seen this manifested in many ways  through SEED, Orlando’s Art Alliance, through volunteering in my community, and through teaching classes on entrepreneurship and creativity.
My Vision was to create sustainable fashion accessories that are eco-friendly, animal friendly, and people friendly.
I value the initiative of fair-trade and pay fair prices for products and raw materials. I buy and sell locally first to support our local community and to lessen our carbon footprint. I also use and reuse as much as possible from reclaimed paper to hand make each of my business cards (left) to hairpieces being made from recycled plastic bottles (top right.)  All the while not slacking in quality and professionalism.  The feathers I use are free range and are taken through the natural molting process.  I also offer free hairpieces for students who volunteer in the Orlando community!
For More information or to schedule a visit to my studio, please e-mail me at kariesuecreations@gmail.com.

Mission:
To create and facilitate creativity among and for women.

Vision:
Create sustainable accessories that are eco-friendly, animal-friendly, and people-friendly.

Values:
I support fair-trade and pay fair prices for products and raw materials. We buy and sell locally first to support our local community and lessen our carbon footprint. We also use and reuse as much as possible.

Who We Are:

Karie Brown
Owner / Designer

Karie

Erika Rivera

Designer/Intern

Erika has is a creative person and who is specifically drawn to creating for the world of fashion. She began to show interest in making her own accessories just a few years ago when she made hair accessories for her friends, which is very similar to how KSC got started. She wants to someday start her own business and is in the beginning stages of that process. With KSC she is getting training in how to make and market her own pieces as well as learning how to price and do her own accounting. She has a heart to make beautiful things accessible to all women.

Mia Siven
Graphic Design and Web Development

Mia Siven is a Central Florida based graphic designer and artist who creates freelance graphic design under the name Kiyamia Designs. She has a BFA in Fine Arts from the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University. Currently building her portfolio of graphic design, web design and illustration works as well as painting and drawing. She lives with her significant other and two very fuzzy cats. Her love for kundalini yoga is like nothing else and she’s very excited about working with The Fair Trade Project. Her design philosophy is to listen to her client needs and feedback. She believes that the design process is a collaborative one which requires participation from the client and designer to be successful.

Tracey Strawn
Seamstress/Designer

Tracy, or "Tra" is a supermom extraordinaire! She is beautiful inside and out and is a talented seamstress. (You have to be to do the coffeebag clutch.) She also owns her own business: A Mother's Gift, where she makes organic baby blankets. Very cute! And she does do custom orders! Do check her out!

Past Partners
Julie R. Campbell, CPA
Assistant

Julie

Julie moved to Orlando in June 2007 to pursue a career in accounting. She worked at KarieSue Creations during 2009 reporting finances, tracking inventory, and performing other administrative tasks. I would highly recommend Julie for her accounting skills and her strong work ethic.

Kate Slusser
Assistant

Kate recently moved from Georgia and will be marrying Joel Ledbetter very soon! She has recently found full-time work at full sail and from my experience, she is wonderful to work with.

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. Cherie and Andi permalink
    August 13, 2009 11:52 pm

    would you be available a week from Friday?I think that is the 21st…let me know. cherie

  2. Karen VanderMey permalink
    August 16, 2009 7:04 pm

    Hi Karie,
    It was so nice to meet you again this morning at church!! I loved looking at your beautiful creations and love the recycling approach! I’ll look forward to connecting with you sometime as God gives opportunity:).

    Karen

  3. Karen VanderMey permalink
    August 20, 2009 11:22 pm

    I have a date with my husband this Friday:) How about next Friday or sometime the week after? My # is 407-339-1107.

  4. Karen VanderMey permalink
    September 1, 2009 2:54 pm

    Hi Karie,
    How are you? What is your schedule like? I really would love to connect with you and learn more about you and your crafts. Are you available during the daytime at all?

  5. Sandra B permalink
    September 22, 2009 12:13 am

    Hi there! I was the other massage therapist on duty the night you had your serindipidous blow-out. I hope your car is okay and all was resolved! Anyway, my name’s Sandra and I was looking at your Etsy page…I read that you’re at “Audobon” on Wednesday nights… Where is that specifically and what times?? I’d love to come see you and some of your fabulous hair things–I want to buy myself a little sweet something for my birthday!

    • September 23, 2009 7:37 pm

      The Audobon Market is on Wednesdays starting at 6pm. It is held in the parking lot of Stardust coffeehouse. I won’t be there this week (tonight) but next week I will. It is also the fall opening! It’s kind of a big deal! 😉

  6. Kisha permalink
    March 17, 2010 7:42 pm

    Hello Karie,

    It was very nice meeting you at the OPP Swap and Shop. I’m currently planning a shoe fashion show for the non-profit organization Dress for Success, and wanted to invite you. The fundraiser will be downtown at Finn Henry’s on Wed March 31st from 7pm-9pm. When the event is over, I will have lots more time to share my millinery background with you. I look forward to seeing how you create your beautiful hair accessories and learning your green business practices. Let me know what days and times are good for you to trade trades.

    Sincerely,
    Kisha Cobourne
    c 904 923 0839

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