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Karen Batts from "Project Runway" is one of the contestants in Season 12 of the Lifetime reality fashion design competition series. She is a 29-year-old designer who is currently living in Queens, New York, but grew up in Boca Raton, Florida.

Here is an interview with Karen Batts:

Describe your family:

My family is my epic, outgoing husband and our two amazo kitties!

Current occupation?

Part-time babysitter/self-employed fashion designer.

Past jobs?

Internships with fashion
Karen Batts in "Project Runway 12"
Karen Batts Project Runway 12
companies in NYC, sports reporter/photographer for papers in Savannah and S. Florida, and photo lab technician at SCAD.


Lenny: brown tabby cat. Mr. Boots: tuxedo cat that's also polydactyl. And a pet rock named Flounder. =)


Gator: I love alligators, and as a child people who knew me at camp, at church, basically everywhere, would call me Gator. Also, K-Rad, or Raddy, a nickname my husband and I came up with, because he says I'm so rad!

When did you realize you had designer potential?

I grew up sewing and was a part of 4-H, where I learned new sewing techniques and created new garments from store-bought patterns, but it wasn't really until my junior/senior year at the college where I studied fashion that I realized I had not only the potential, but also the desire, to be a designer and have my own line. Prior to that, I loved fashion, but was leaning toward doing something like using my journalism degree to be a fashion editor or journalist.

First garment you ever made?

I was 9, and it was a handkerchief-shaped halter crop top and a simple pencil skirt — both in a fun dinosaur print.

What's your design training/schooling, etc.?

I double-majored in fashion design and photography at the Savannah College of Art and Design, in Savannah, Georgia, and I grew up sewing in 4-H, and learning sewing from my mum and grandma.

Have you won any awards for your designs?

I haven't won any awards per se, but I was invited to show my senior collection at an annual SCAD fund-raiser, where some pieces were bought from my collection, and I was accepted to compete against 19 other designers at the Charleston Fashion Show in 2013, where I showed an 8-look F/W collection.

Strengths as a designer?

My fabric choices, use of color and print designs and tailoring.

Weaknesses as a designer?

I wish my hand and Illustrator flat sketching abilities were better!

What are your influences?

Fabrics and prints have always been an influence on my designs, but my current influences are also art, architecture, travel, photography, menswear, and vintage fashion and art deco design.

What's playing on your iPod when you're designing?

It's such an eclectic mix: Lady Gaga, Glee, Mumford & Sons, Jack Johnson and the Beatles.

Item you're most proud of designing?

My wedding dress — a non-traditional strapless mint gown with a fishtail and structured bodice. I wore it with a beaded headband that I made, and a vintage mink stole. It was boho-vintage glam perfection! Also, I adore a jacket that I made for Charleston Fashion Week that's this crazy neon-yellow wool. I call it the "Yellow Submarine" jacket. It's divine!

Favorite designer(s)?

I love Kate Spade, Tory Burch, J.Crew, John Patrick Organic, Michael Kors, Proenza Schouler, Dries Van Noten and Miu Miu.

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Where does Karen Batts live? Find out here.

Age: ∼32 years old
Nickname: Gator
Hometown: Boca Raton, FL
Current Residence: Queens, NY
Husband: 29 — Hometown: Boca Raton, Fla.; Resides in Queens, N.Y.

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