Meet a Fabricante #20 – Karen Oetling

Karen comes from Mexico and is part of our Social Campaigns team. She’s one of the creative minds behind the United Colors of Benetton’s campaign for International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, celebrated worldwide today, 25th November. Brava, Karen!


Can you describe in no more than 30 words who you are and what you do?
I’m a Mexican that loves to paint and draw, studied Design, and does a mix of different things within the Social Campaign area.

What do you expect from your time at Fabrica?
To continue to be surprised, I want to keep create during and after Fabrica with my colleagues. Would like to figure out a style within my work, or to figure out if not having one is the way to go.

What inspires you most?
People, creatively it’s amazing what a human mind is able not only to dream but to accomplish; we’re a weird species that has managed to make a plane fly and breathe down in the sea. I’m also inspired by how a Mexican is able to fix anything with a simple wire, that genius of invention and problem solving with little.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
I think picking one as the best undervalues many others, while a piece of advice makes sense within a certain time and circumstances. The most recent one that has been helpful has been to stop and disconnect from work in order to refresh, get a clear view and charge up battery again.

What do you miss of your home and what do you like of Italy?
I miss the people, not only family and friends, but Mexicans in general, the warmth and friendliness of people, my country’s colors; and of course food, I crave for a corn tortilla!