Karen Briggs is an illustrator, graphic and digital designer, and contemporary First Nations artist. She is a Yorta Yorta woman whose ancestral homeland radiates from the junction of the Goulburn and Murray Rivers in Northeast Victoria. She has a Bachelor of Design (Illustration) from the University of South Australia and a Diploma in Applied Design (Multimedia) from TAFE SA.
Her first picture book, “Kick with My Left Foot”, written by Paul Seden, was published by Allen and Unwin in 2014, and shortlisted for the CBCA Crichton Award in 2015. Long-Listed, CBCA Book Of The Year, Early Childhood, 2015. Short-Listed, Speech Pathology Book Of The Year Awards - Indigenous Children, 2015.
Her second book the “Rabbit Hole Golf Course” written by Ella Mulvey, was published in July 1017 by Allen and Unwin, and was shortlisted for the Speech Pathology Award, Indigenous Children 2018; Longlisted CBCA Book of the Year, Early Childhood 2018.
Karen enjoys visiting schools and readings stories from her books about First Nations culture and giving art workshops which imparts elements of culture and values into the younger generation. These days she illustrates from her home in the Adelaide Hills along with running her own freelance design business.
Kick with My Left Foot
Written by Paul Seden
Published by Allen and Unwin 2014
Rabbit Hole Golf Course
Written by Ella Mulvey
Published by Allen and Unwin 2017
Written by Katrina German and Rosemary Sullivan with the Children of the Manyallaluk School
Published by Working Title Press, an imprint of HarperCollins 2020
Going Fishing with Nana
Written by Frances and Lindsay Haji-Ali
Due for publication by Magabala Books in early 2024