Karen Payton Art      Ventura County, California

May 7, 2019

The sky was yellow and the sun was blue....

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to experience an entire weekend of Grateful Dead cover bands just a short drive from home.  While I was home during a break from the shows, I noticed the sheet on my son's bed had a huge unrepairable rip in it.  I often look for "signs" when I get an idea in my head and want evidence that I should run with it.  The gray torn sheet turned out to be the perfect excuse to make a portrait of Jerry.  

The portrait is made from 2 old bed sheets, cotton canvas, colored pencil, fabric dye, stitches and love.  

September 26, 2017

I read this quote today and it resonated with me strongly.  The Potter becomes Her Pot...the Artists becomes her Art.  Really, there is no separation between who we are and what we create. Especially with fiber art.  How could I work on a stitched face for months and not become part of the consciousness of the piece?

Each piece requites many hours of stitching, dying, picking out fabrics, sewing, painting and stitching some more!  Those hours are always joyful, and always full of bliss.  

My vision is to bring these emotions not only into the art itself, but into your home and heart (whether it's seeing the piece on a screen or on your wall).  If the Potter becomes his Pot than surely my art can become a higher vibration of love and joy....which is...

March 12, 2017

Can art raise your vibration?  I have been playing with the idea of raising my vibration for a few months now.  When I start to feel "off" and I am being conscious, I immediately take myself into the present moment.  But if the "off" feeling continues, I try and raise my vibration by finding something I enjoy...listening to music, being with friends, expressing gratitude, etc.  

A shift in our emotional state can change in literally seconds.  I often hope that when someone views my stitching that shift will occur.  For a brief moment, maybe you will stop thinking and get really present.  The mere act of focusing on the details will slow your breathing and take you into consciousness away from the past or the future.

Slow down...look closely and...

January 28, 2017

Like so many deadheads know, seeing the Grateful Dead just one time changed my world.  I always loved fabric, drawing, sewing and music.    But the band altered my artistic vision to include the people, the parking lot scene, the Guatemalan textiles, beads, friendships bracelets and tie-dye shirts.

This heavily influenced my decision to minor in fiber art in college where I learned how to dye fabric, how to embroider and how to express myself with these elements.  I also minored in traveling to dead shows....gathering colorful friends, selling t-shirts, ankle bracelets with bells and veggie stir fry.  

As any dead head knows, there is nothing like the parking lot scene.  "Tune-In" was influenced by the fun we had sitting in t...

January 6, 2017

Many years ago a beautiful friend asked me to make a piece for her.  At the time, I was exploring the idea of our clothing ripping open to expose our inner thoughts.  When these thoughts are embroidered, it forces me to work in detail and forces the viewer to look a little closer, like revealing a secret. 

These friends love the beach so the setting was easy.  Lucky for me she loves birds as much as I do.  I envisioned my friend thinking about her 2 boys.  For her hubbie...I wanted to play with all the elements he loves (tennis, beer, the Dodgers)

I had her gather a small stack of baby and toddler clothing that was stained, ripped and not a good candidate for a hand me down.  

I asked her for a preferred color palate

and any specific ele...

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