Grand Marais, MN
In an effort to un-earth herself from the mountains of scraps she accumulates as an avid fiber artist, Karen revels in recycling projects, like penny rugs, that make use of materials she already has. Karen works with both wool and paper to create an intensity of colors and textures in items of everyday use. She is a member of and exhibits through the Northwoods Fiber Guild and teaches bookbinding to local high school students.
Current Courses Offered by Karen Smaby
Leaf Printing in the Steambox
Eco-prints are one of a kind prints made by steaming leaves against paper. No inks, dyes or paints are used to create them – the colors come just from the plants themselves. The colors are sepia-toned, the patterns are beautiful, and the process is non-toxic. Leaves are collected, pressed, arranged…
Natural Dyes in the Steambox
Dyeing cloth using natural materials is a magical process: Add a bit of steam, hot water and assorted leaves, flowers, and old rusty nails, and wait an hour…the results are extraordinary. Who knew all the colors of nature were hidden in plain sight? In this course, you’ll learn a bit…