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 hat I wear is Freelance Textile / Surface Pattern Designer, working with clients in the Home Furnishings, Fashion and Stationery/Giftware industries. With this aspect of work, I create designs in repeat using the textile techniques I love, incorporating many other art techniques as well. I also create designs using computer programs Photoshop & Illustrator. Often, my designs are a combination of both hand and computer work.
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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 Green Mountain state of Vermont. She learned weaving and print design in the textile design program at Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia, PA.
Her work has been shown in high-end craft shows and exhibits, and is found in many private and corporate collections. Her work has been published in entitled “1000 Artisan Textiles” , The Guild Sourcebook of Residential Art #6, and in Fiberarts, Surface Design Journal, and Selvedge magazines. Recently, some of her work was used on the set of the award winning movie “Black Swan”.