Karen Bell

Continuing Education Fiber

Class of 2007


Owner of Great Silkie Design and working in surface design and graphics for tee shirts and cards

I earned a BFA in painting and printmaking from Ohio University but became interested in weaving after taking a class in my senior year. I became a resident weaver at the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View Arkansas and also taught and toured for the center. After moving to CA worked as a fabric painter and became familiar with water based inks and taught myself silk screening.
I began to experiment with drawing my visions with hot wax onto large pieces of fabric and painting them.

I took some courses at HCC to learn the art of mixing dyes and sewing so I could enhance my work. I began using discharge, silkscreen, overpainting and quilting.
WNC Woman featured one of my designs in the 11/2014 issue.
I am currently working on two music camp designs. One for Mars Hill Blue Ridge Music Week and one for a camp in California.

Some past clients include: Greenpeace, Buena Vista Winery, Humboldt State University, Sonoma State University, San Francisco Free Folk Festival, Shindig on the Green, Russian River Jazz Festival, Cotati Accordion Festival, Sonoma County Folk Festival, California Bluegrass Association, Biobottoms , Making it Big and Gaia Catalogs
I have shown my work at the Heritage Gallery at the Grove Arcade, Mission San Francisco Gallery, California Museum of Art, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Woman Made Gallery Chicago, Arkansas Art Center, and have been a Heritage Craftsperson at Merle Fest in NC.

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