About Karen Johnson

Karen Johnson Karen Johnson – Bio

Creating with fibre and fabric in its many aspects has been an integral part of Karen Johnson’s journey. She participated in a 4-H Clothing Club growing up then acquired a Home Economics degree with a major in Clothing and Textiles before teaching as a career.

Experimentation with techniques from the world of art quilting has helped Karen find those that help her to best express herself and has contributed to a more abstract interpretation in her work.

Her inspiration is shaped by daily walks as well as travel and photography. Growing up on a Prairie farm and her Scandinavian background has also influenced her life and her work.

Her work has been accepted into national and international exhibits and has won awards at both levels.

Membership and participation in the following fibre related groups has supported and strengthened her journey as a fibre artist:
Fibre Art Network Association (FAN) 2013
Studio Art quilt Associates (SAQA) 2011
Canadian Quilters’ Association/ACC
Langley Quilters’ Guild – since inception in 2002

Artist Statement

Exploring the world of art quilting has helped me define the best techniques to express my creativity. It’s especially exciting to incorporate fabrics that I’ve hand dyed, followed by adding various surface design applications. Creating my own fabric deepens my connection to the art making process. Layers created through value, texture and stitching add another dimension to the work.

My inspiration and the way I live my life are shaped by daily walks where ever they may be. My perceptions and inspiration change with the seasons. The process of creating a work of art in fibre is a very rich soulful experience and often reflects where I am in my life.

The nuances of the play of light, the lines and shapes of the flora and the colours bring a sense of beauty to my life. This awareness has helped me focus on the basics of design. Currently I’m having fun exploring line and the use of a common grid in my work as I move towards more abstract interpretations.





email: Karen Johnson
Website: www.karenmariejohnson.com

Artwork by Karen Johnson

Fields of Plenty




Akrotiri




Eclectic Door




Turning Turquoise




From the Ashes




Triple Play




Inside the Ice




Pre-Cambrian Vista #2




Invitation




Rainy Day




Poplar Leaves #3




Streamside Stillness




Circling the Blues




Variations on a Grid #2 Paper




Variations on a Grid #7 Teal Shibori




Alberta Poplars




Exhibition Artwork by Karen Johnson

Weaving the World
Threads of Hope

Home Sweet Home
For the Birds

Low Tide 1 - Low Tide 2
Chromatopia

20/20 Vision: Different Perspectives
20/20 Vision

20/20 Vision: Different Perspectives

Colours to Live By 2
Abstracted

Colours to Live By 2

Poplar Leaves #2
Botanical Reflections

Poplar Leaves #2

Roots
Canadiana

Roots


Skinny Strips #5
Circles and Lines

Skinny Strips #5

Transformation: Moving Through Chaos
Conversations

Transformation: Moving Through Chaos

POEM ON THE POEM ON THE STAIRS: Remembering Our Stories
Ekphrastic

POEM ON THE POEM ON THE STAIRS: Remembering Our Stories

Queen of Fibre Diamonds
Fibrescapes

Queen of Fibre Diamonds


Mmm...dill pickles
From a Tiny Seed

Mmm...dill pickles

Song of Summer
From a Tiny Seed

Song of Summer

Seeking Wisdom (On the Wind)
On the Wind Travelling Exhibit

Seeking Wisdom (On the Wind)