Karen Searle

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I use the tools and tchniques of domestic textile-making, or 'women's work,' to assert the validity of the feminine view. The ritual of a repetitive handwork process is medita- tive and honors my connections to female ancestors and to the divine feminine. I explore light, form and volume in objects that combine soft materials with hard and delicacy with strength, moving beyond the functionality of craft to disrupt pre-formed categories of "domestic works" and "fine art." My sense of humor often enters into the working process and becomes part of each piece. Many of my works are inspired by womens' lives; others are inspired by the folk arts of many cultures.

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