I have always had a strong interest in all sorts of crafts and creative processes.
Having lived in Latin America, Africa, Europe and in arctic Quebec, I have a particular interest in using
different ethnic elements in my work. Guatemalan weavers, West African carvers and textiles designers,
Inuit appliqué artists and an isolated French pacifist community have histories of creating beautiful, functional
objects with motifs and symbols found in nature. The privilege of intimate contact with these people in their
life and work has strongly influenced me in my artistic journey.
In creating vessels I continuously explore the use of vessels in daily life as well as in rites and rituals. The
accouterments in the humblest shelter include vessels or container to hold the family's necessities and are
embellished and given pride of place. In many religious practices, vessels are used in celebration rituals.
Birth and death events also include the use of vessels in ceremonial as well as practical usage.
In my work, the rich colours and textures are achieved by layering silk and a variety of found fibres, salvaged
threads and other glitzy stuff and uniting the whole by freehand machine embroidery. Once the newly created fabric
is sufficiently stable, it is cut into desired shapes and stitched together by hand, much in the manner of a stained
glass worker assembling a piece.
Growing up in an environment of resourcefulness and conservation, I also focus my energies on using found
objects and materials that are safe for people and living things.
An interview with Karen
"Waiting for her ship to come In"
2 Small Purses
Turkish Delight, 1998
Fibres & Finds
Sample of metallics and variety of fibres in water-soluble fabrics
Her work can be seen at:
38 Collingwood Street, West
22 Dupont St.E.
Waterloo, ON N2J 2J9
Tel: (519) 747-4644
Fax: (519) 747-4063
The Carlen Gallery
1171 Bank St. E. Ottawa, ON K1S 3X7
Lynn Robinson - Atelier Ceramique
3 dimensional Art/Craft Gallery + Studio
709 Queen Street, W., Toronto, ON M6J 1E6
Artopia Framing Gallery
276 Wellington St., Sarnia, ON N7T 1H2
A Gift of Art
575 Richmond St., London, ON N6A 3G2
Photo Credits: Alison Bailey Smith
visits since July 25th, 1998
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