I love the rhythm of weaving and stitching. Creating my own cloth feels right, and the challenge of re-creating moments in nature in fabrics is endlessly fascinating for me.
My artwork is shown in group or solo shows. I also create special pieces on Commission for individual clients, businesses, or through Art Consultants / Interior Designers. The commission process is very personalized and rewarding for my clients and myself. I enjoy learning what people respond to in my work, and what they are looking for in their home or business.
Another creative outlet is my Inside Out Studio work, where I make hand-dyed and block-printed clothing, greeting cards, festive flags, and patchwork hats. These works allow me to use techniques that I love, but don't use with my wall art. It also lets me express a different side of my personality. I show this work at our local Montpelier award-winning Capital City Farmers' Market and craft shows in my area.
Please Contact Me for any Commission, Exhibit, and Design Opportunities. I look forward to hearing from you!
In my artwork, I am interested in the connections between self, place, emotion and time. Seasons, atmospheres and the time of day intrigue me. I try to recreate these natural occurrences, evoking emotions that I associate with them through the use of color, line, and texture.
I use different dye techniques (batik, shibori, color removal, rust print) as well as sewing with my weavings and fabric pieces. I draw lines by stitching with thread. Dimension is added with tucks, layers, or other manipulations of fabric. The lines suggest landscape or other aspects of nature. Most of the techniques I choose to use are very contemplative, encouraging introspection; other processes are spontaneous and unpredictable. I try to find a balance between the two approaches, hoping to capture those ephemeral, fleeting moments of time.
Originally from Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Karen Henderson now resides in the beautiful state of Vermont. She studied Textile Design at Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia, PA. Her work has been exhibited nationally in galleries and in juried shows such as The Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show among others. Karen’s pieces are included in the permanent art collections of Fletcher Allen Medical Center (VT), Central Vermont Medical Center (VT), The Banner Ironwood Medical Center (AZ), and over eighty private collections.
Her work has been published in several books and periodicals, including '1000 Artisan Textiles', 'The Guild Sourcebook of Residential Art #6', 'Fiberarts', 'Surface Design Journal', and 'Selvedge' magazines. Henderson’s artwork has also appeared on the set of the academy award-winning movie 'Black Swan', as well as NBC’s TV-series 'Do No Harm', and the upcoming film 'Louder Than Bombs'.