As the Crow Flies
May 13 – September 4, 2017 Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre, Ottawa, Ontario
November , 2016 & 2017 Shenkman Arts Centre, Ottawa, Ontario
Frame / fraym
August 20 – September 22, 2015 Shenkman Arts Centre, Ottawa, Ontario
Frames give the world its shape, form and structure. This solo exhibition explored framed views, frames unveiled and hidden frames that bend beneath us, forcing us to show the strength that we possess in their absence.
Karen gratefully acknowledged the financial support of the ARTicipate Endowment Fund.
Postcards from Newfoundland: Rug-Hooking the Rock
October 26 – November 21, 2015 Corner Brook Arts and Culture Centre, Corner Brook, Newfoundland
This was your home through my eyes, 5 x 7 inches at a time…
Celebrating Colour in Fibre
March 4-16, 2015 Papermill Art Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
In this follow up to Colours Caught in Fibre, I joined Trish Johnson, Kathryn Taylor, Gunda Gamble, Simone Vojvodin and Diane Ayles in once again showing the limitless potential of rug hooking.
Colours Caught in Fibre: Rug Hooking Made Modern
October 4 – November 28, 2014 The Niagara Pumphouse Art Gallery, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
For my first independently organized exhibition, fellow artists Trish Johnson, Gunda Gamble, Kathryn Taylor and Simone Vojvodin joined me to show the limitless potential of rug hooking.
Harbour Grounds Coffee Shop 9 Humber Road, Corner Brook, Newfoundland
For five years I showed and sold postcard sized images at Harbour Grounds that explored Newfoundland using only 5200 loops.
Major Awards and Grants
2017 Finalist, Original Designs, ‘My Two Loves’
Celebration of Hand-Hooked Rugs XXVII
2015 ARTicipate Grant Project Recipient, Visual Arts
AOE Arts Council, Ottawa, Ontario
2015 Finalist, Original Designs, ‘Ghost Trees’
2014 Honourable Mention, Original Designs, ‘Beyond Swallowtail’
2013 Finalist, Original Designs, ‘Solitude’
2012 Viewer’s Choice Award, ‘Solitude’
Hooked in the Mountains XVI
Shelburne, Vermont, USA
“Celebrating My Two Loves: Hooking Portraits in Yarn”, Rug Hooking Magazine, Volume XXIX, Number 4, Jan/Feb 2018, p.68-73
“How to Hook With Yarn: Just Do It! No Cutter, No Twisting, No Problem”, Rug Hooking Magazine, Volume XXIX, Number 3, Nov/Dec 2017, p.78-81
“Artist Review: Beyond Swallowtail”, A Needle Pulling Thread magazine, Winter 2016/17, p. 93.
“Postcards from Newfoundland: Island Dreams in Wool”, Rug Hooking Magazine, Volume XXVIII, Number 3, Nov/Dec 2016, p.64-71
“From Little Hands: Hooking with Children”, Rug Hooking Magazine, Volume XXVIII, Number 1, June/July/August 2016, p.8-11.
“Artist Review: Twisted” in A Needle Pulling Thread magazine, fall 2016, p. 91.
“Artist Review: Through the Trees” in A Needle Pulling Thread magazine, summer 2016, p. 86.
“Breaking the Frame: Hooking Past My Limits”, Rug Hooking Magazine, Volume XXVII, Number 5, March/April/May 2016, p.68-75.
“Behind the Scenes at Colours Caught in Fibre“, Rugbeat website, October 2014.
“Decorating with Textiles: Hooked Rugs – Not Just for Floors!“, TAFA website, March 2014.
Also Featured in:
Vangool, Janine (ed.) Uppercase Magazine, Issue 34, July/August/September 2017, p.77.
Pavich, Tamara. Designed By You: Ideas and Inspiration for Rug Hookers, Ampry Publishing LLC, 2017, p.104-105.
Henderson, Neroli (ed.). Textile Fibre Forum, Issue 121, March 2016, p.63.
Smith, Debra (ed.). Celebration of Hand-Hooked Rugs XXV, Stackpole Books, 2015.
Smith, Mike. ‘Colours Caught in Fibre: Rug Hooking Made Modern at the Pumphouse’ in The Niagara Advance, October 2, 2014, p.47.
McIlwain, Maureen. ‘Celebration XXIV: The Year of the Canadian’ in Ontario Hooking Craft Guild magazine, Fall 2014.
Bakker, Ellen. TextileArt Around the World, Textile-link, (October 2014), p.113
Johnson, Trish. “Celebration Show at Sauder Village” in A Needle Pulling Thread magazine, Summer 2014.
Smith, Debra (ed.). Celebration of Hand-Hooked Rugs XXIV, Stackpole Books, 2014.
TAFA: The Textile and Fiber Art List 2014 Calendar, “Roots”
Taylor, Judy. Rug Hooker’s Guide to the Yarniverse: Advanced Techniques for Hooking with Yarn, (2013), p. 134-140.
Taylor, Kathryn. ‘Sauder Village: Celebrating Canadians at Sauder’ in Ontario Hooking Craft Guild magazine, Fall 2013.
Smith, Debra (ed.). Celebration of Hand-Hooked Rugs XXIII, Stackpole Books, 2013.
Teaching and Community Involvement
Teacher, “Tulips: Hooking With Yarn” at Ontario Hooking Craft Guild 2018 Annual, May 5-6, 2018.
Teaching Children and Adults to Rug Hook since 2015.
Guest speaker, Hooked in the Mountains XVII, “‘Selling’ Your Image: Publicising Your Art in the Digital Age“, October 2014