For Karen, it’s all about the cloth; colouring it using immersion, surface and Shibori processes, cutting it up and re-structuring it to produce abstract quilts. Her colour palette is generally drawn from nature, particularly the trees in her native Pennsylvania. “I love working with cloth; it’s soft and pliable; forgiving. It responds to my hands. I react strongly to visual stimuli, and often use a highly colourful palette. However, when exercising my passion for the delicacy of structure found in the natural world, I usually prefer to work in more neutral tones. Coming from an American heritage, there is a deep seated influence of the tradition of making patchwork and quilted textiles throughout my work.