News: Pearlfisher’s Karen Welman 1959-2019
The wife, mother, sister, relative, friend, designer, innovator, entrepreneur, partner, leader, creative genius and all-round inspirational woman, it’s with great sadness that we communicate the passing of Pearlfisher’s Founding Creative Partner and CCO, Karen Welman. Karen died at the aged 59 of a heart attack while on holiday in Greece on the 24th June 2019.
A career spanning more than 30 years, a designer, innovator and one of the founders of Peralfisher in 1992. Karen Welman alongside her husband Jonathan Ford and Mike Branson who can be credited for creating one of the worlds most renowned and highly respected global agency with studios in London, New York, San Francisco and Copenhagen.
She was known for her lifelong passion for turning ideas into action and for her innovative thinking. Her work and talents earned Pearlfisher interest from global clients and a whole host of awards, most notably, being named one of the Top 10 Global Female Inventors.
“Karen was an incredibly loyal friend and colleague as well as being one of the greatest designers and creative visionaries this industry has ever known. We will all miss her in so many ways, but her zest for life, drive and inimitable design influence will live on in her work and our many memories and stories of her life, passion and courage will remain an amazing legacy for us all.”
Mike Branson, Founding Partner and CEO of Pearlfisher America.
“She was a creative maverick who seemed to cause fun and mayhem with whatever she did – all in a beautiful, unique style that I called “predictably unpredictable”
Jonathan Ford, Founding Creative Partner, CEO and husband.
Our thoughts and best wishes are with Jonathan, Jasper, Ophelia, Chloe and Oscar, and to the whole of the Pealfisher family.