Karin Gable has been working as a professional artist since 1973. She used her first jobs at a print shop and a weekly newspaper as her training wheels. Capitalizing on her education as both a fine artist and a graphic designer, she opened her own studio in 1978. Her specialties have evolved over her career from traditional print advertising and graphic design, to sign painting and illustration, to a more narrow focus on calligraphy and hand-lettered arts: certificates, invitations, envelope addressing, and greeting cards.
Karin inherited the family genes for creativity. Drawing was always a favourite pastime, beginning with decorating her bedroom door with a pencil drawing at a very tender age. Always intrigued by letterforms, she practiced perfecting her handwriting in elementary school. An influential high school art teacher first introduced her to calligraphy, and not only showed her that art could become a career, but also set her on a path to study with some of the world's top lettering artists.
Because of her teacher's mentoring, Karin strongly believes that keeping art classes in public school is a necessity - it was the inspiration for the rest of her life's journey. She began designing her own greeting cards at the age of 16, officially calling them karin kards. Honing her skills as a calligrapher in many lettering styles for over 40 years, she enjoys continually learning and developing new techniques in many art forms. Her latest explorations have been in detailed colourful designs as well as watercolour painting.
Clients include: Follow Your Heart Natural Foods & Cafe, International Cinematographers Guild, Milken Family Foundation, UCLA, as well as numerous celebrities.
Karin has been an active member of the Society for Calligraphy, Southern California since 1992. She served as president of the San Fernando Valley Regional Group. She continues to volunteer as co-editor of the SfC Bulletin newsletter, design workshop flyers for the guild, and serve as Mini Class chair for the annual Letters California Style conference.