Friday, September 3, 2010

Beauty in the Design

Karen Hoekstra is an artist.  Her medium is thread, her canvas precisely created strip piece quilting.  We were mesmerized, and maybe even a little shocked, when she took a beautiful quilt and began to layer organza and stitching on its surface.  What appeared to be a random maneuver of her machine resulted in a perfect leaf shape of purple organza on the background of autumn colored strip piecing.  It was beautiful.


What makes the difference in her work is that it, in her words,  'reflects a process of change that takes place in our lives.'  There is a flow to her work in which change is evident. 

This summer, a show of Karen's work was at the Muskegon Museum of Art 82nd Regional Exhibition.  She has also exhibited at the Festival of Regional Arts Exhibition in Grand Rapids, and at shows in Grand Haven.  It won't be long before the rest of the fiber arts community nationwide finds out about her inspiring and thought provoking work.

For more information about Karen, go to her website

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