Karen is a very lively and enthusiastic speaker and has recently completed her studies at Manchester Met. She brought along many samples of her beautiful work including some of her degree pieces.
"Karen is one of those rare people who bridge the gap between fashion, textile design and art".
On one hand, she will create a head-piece that most women would be delighted to sport at fashionable gatherings. On the other, she’s using glow-in-the-dark thread and ancient pieces of lace to build extraordinary confections that are exhibited in galleries and museums. Then, somewhere in between, she’s commissioned to make the glitzy headpieces worn by dancers in the X-Factor stage show.
The piece shown above is "Miss Coral" inspired by images from our endangered coral reefs.
Detailed pictures show the intricacies of the design :
The matching headpiece is equally stunning
Another of her pieces was based on Fairgrounds and also incorporated lots of family memorabilia . The whole piece is heavily embellished and finished with antique buttons and pearls - causing a few construction problems along the way due to its weight and size. However with a little help from Dad, and a few garden canes and hoops the piece was finally stabilised and ready for display
Karen's most recent work involved working with antique and vintage bridal veils to produce three veils based on the theme of Victorian mourning. Two of these are currently en route to Riga in Latvia for an exhibition leaving one for us to see up close on Monday
This picture does not really do justice to the beautiful work in this green veil
Another stunning example of the detail in Karen's work is this work using an antique fan as the base. It was on display at the Whitworth Gallery in Manchester until recently
Following this meeting, we are certainly looking forward to enjoying our new programme of events.
Our next meeting is a stitch night practical on 27th October. Ann will be sending out information and a requirements list before the meeting.