Born in Newcastle on Tyne, Karen has studied, worked and exhibited in both Spain and England. Her work could be classified as ‘soft sculpture’.
Many years in the fashion industry have taught her highly technical construction and finish with which she attempts to create an illusion of reality with her creatures.
Her process, which she learnt from Javier Florèn in Valencia, involves making a frame that includes wood and aluminium.This frame is then dressed in fleece and wadded until a desired shape is achieved.The outer feathers or fur are finished with either fine silk or leather.
Many of Karen’s birds are recognizable breeds with a quality that is both visually lifelike, often humorous and exotically colourful.
3 May - 5 June 2016