Past Exhibitions 

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.

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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’

                                    Celebration of Hand-Hooked Rugs XXV


2014                            Honourable Mention, Original Designs, ‘Beyond Swallowtail’

                                    Celebration of Hand-Hooked Rugs XXIV


2013                            Finalist, Original Designs, ‘Solitude’

                                    Celebration of Hand-Hooked Rugs XXIII


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



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