Embroidery with Mixed Media / Brodwaith a Chyfryngau Cymysg

Karen’s current pieces were inspired by the poetry of John O’Donohue and an ancient Irish blessing

May the road rise up to meet you

May the wind be always at your back

May the sun shine warm up on your face,

And the rain fall soft upon your fields.

And until we meet again, 

May God hold you in the palm of his hand”

The imagery is informed by the local surroundings that she explored in 2020 / 2021. The semi abstract work evokes an ancient landscape and the paths walked.

The embroideries are built up in gradations of dyed and painted fabrics, paper and tissue, reflecting layers of times past. Not all these layers are visible but are present beneath the surface.

These surfaces are caught down using both free machine embroidery and hand stitching resulting in a complex multi-faceted cloth evoking the sense of timelessness that walking these ancient paths, both literally and metaphorically, brought during a complicated year.

Karen has been stitching for over 50 years, she was tutored by some exceptional embroiderers during her training at Windsor and Maidenhead. Her work has also featured in books and on television.

She exhibited and taught in the South of England and returned to Wales 15 years ago.