Karen Lane – Feltmaker and Textile Artist
Karen was introduced to feltmaking and art quilts four years ago and both have become a real passion. Taking her inspiration from nature, she says her work is quite experimental and involves a lot of “what if . . . ” Although she loves working with natural fabrics and fibres, she often combines them with mixed media including paper, paint and manmade fabrics such as Lutradur.
In the photograph above, the taller piece has been made from Lutradur. In her own words, Karen describes how it she created it –
“The body of this vessel is 100gsm Lutradur painted with Derwent Inktense blocks. The surface decoration is constructed from wet Felted Merino fibres and a silver coloured sheer fabric which in turn was free motion stitched to the Lutradur. A fine tip soldering iron was used to create the holes which have been stitched across by hand.”
Karen Lane is a member of the International Feltmakers Association and several textile groups. You can see more examples of her work by visiting Karen’s website