“My main love is embroidery, by hand, traditional stuff like our grandmothers used to do”.
Karen is a graduate in embroidery and surface design with a First Class Honors Degree and qualified teacher status. She lives in Lancashire UK. Her work has been exhibited widely.
Was there any influence in your life that you felt that pushed your work to another level?
I was very close to both my grandmothers throughout my life and as a child would be fascinated with their embroidery. I adored the colored silks and the pre printed patterns they would use to create beautiful things for the home.
When I studied at University I researched the role of cloth in the life of women throughout time. From furs and roughly woven cloth used by Nomadic tribes through to elaborate and ornate embroidery used to embellish the lives of wealthy Victorians. Through my work I hope to pay tribute to all women who have used cloth to enhance the lives of their families but most importantly I use my needle to remember, recognize and pay tribute to the role both my grandmothers played in my life.
Karen Ruane Resources
Read more about Karen and her creative process in the FAQ section on her blog. http://www.karenruane.blogspot.com/
Plan to spend some time on her blog. She has a wonderful video about her sketchbook. ( I liked the entry I found at: http://karenruane.blogspot.com/2010/05/books.html)
Karen also has an online class that will take you through the process of creating a unique “wrapping cloth."