Founder

Sharmila Karamchandani, a graphic designer, art educator, and an entrepreneur coach has a passion for design and working in arts education and community non-profits. Sharmila acquired her MFA in Graphic Design from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) and has been teaching graphic design for more than a decade in several local colleges and universities. She also has a BFA in advertising. Sharmila has continued her ongoing work as a freelancer for more than two decades. She founded Khush Designs in November of 2014.

In addition to being the creative head at Khush Designs, Sharmila teaches Graphic Design at George Mason University and is a Lead Entrepreneur Coach at Empowered Women International (EWI). In the fall of 2006, she attended the Entrepreneur Training for Success (ETS), a business coaching program for start-ups at EWI, which helped her to market herself as an artist. Since then she has worked at EWI in various capacities including a volunteer, mentor, graphic designer, and trainer. Sharmila was honored with the Creativity and Commitment award in 2008 for her extraordinary service to EWI. She largely credits the organization for her successful career in arts in the US.

Sharmila always wanted to be an educator. In 2008, she was awarded ‘Teacher of the Year’ from Westwood College and Virginia Commission of the Arts (VCA). She loves to empower women and children and often hosts art workshops in the community. She works in mediums such as painting, jewelry design, photography, calligraphy, henna painting, mixed media collages, and fiber arts.

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