Karen has been dyeing natural fibers and growing plants for dye since the mid-70s. Always interested in the colors of nature, boiling plants, weeds, flowers and bark for use with fibers made this an inexpensive hobby for her. After some hands-on experience, she began teaching in schools and community centers in the Twin Cities area. She regularily teaches at North House Folk School and the Clearing Folk School, Minnetonka Center for the Arts, and the Minnetonka Community Center. She is a professional pianist and amateur cellist and teaches piano lessons. Some of her other hobbies include fishing, Japanese ink painting, Japanese shibori, gardening (has her own dye garden), spinning and ham radio. She's always on the lookout for new and interesting dyestuffs, so don’t follow her on the road too closely. She notes, "I brake for roadside weeds."