I first met Karen at a printing evening at Chirpy in Leeds shortly after the release of her first book Screenprinting at Home in 2014.
We bumped it to each other again at quilt shows and in recent months have spent a bit more time together – including our trip to QuiltCon in Nashville in February this year.
Karen has a very gentle personality and genuine style. Her printed textiles are not over-complicated but fresh, classy and playful. I really admire how her quilting is always evolving and she is curious to develop her knowledge and try new techniques.
At Karen’s home it was great to see her first quilt, and many others she has made in the past 10 years or so. The joy of working with different textures of fabric is evident in all of them, and with recent experiments in natural dyeing I am excited to see what happens next! A field trip to Japan is on our wishlist.
Like me, Karen’s hobby has become her working life too and it’s good to have a support network when you are your own boss and deciding how to move forward creatively when there are so many paths to take.
Karen’s view of the quilting community is the part of the film which has stayed in my mind the most since we recorded the interview. It’s true that most people want to escape their work by Friday night – and yet many of us want to spend time together. I’m grateful that so many friendships have developed through my love of sewing and Karen describes that feeling so well.
I also have to give a mention to Scout the dog – who was not under any circumstances going to allow us to film Karen without including him!
Let me know what you think about the film, it’s so good when people take the time to say hello and comment.