Karen Payton Art      Ventura County, California

June 3, 2018

I love creating portraits with fabric but I've always been a bit jealous of painters who finish a piece on canvas, put a wire hanger on the back and call it done!

With fiber art there is always a dilemma on how to finish a piece.  Frame, no frame, glass, no glass, etc. For over a decade, I stretched each piece, then had it framed with spacers and uv glass.  This process was time consuming, expensive, and puts a distance between the work itself and the viewer.  I was at an art show and saw resin for the first time.  I immediately started to do research.  Unfortunately, I could find little to no information on using it with textiles.  So, I hope to share as many details as possible here.

I settled on ArtResin because it's non t...

December 23, 2017

Tips and tricks of applique from a fiber artist.

December 10, 2017

Whenever I talk about my art, I always get asked, "how long does it take?", "Is it a quilt?"  "What do you call it?"  

I call my work fiber art.  I am hoping the universe will bestow a more clever, easy to interpret name, but for now, that's it.  It's not a quilt, there is no batting, and you can't snuggle up with one of my pieces.  As for how long each piece takes....a very, long time.  But, its all joy and worth every minute!

Here's a sneak peak into my process:

Inspired visions turn into tiny sketches.   After a few attempts, I sketch the image to the actual size of my finished product and then outline with a fat, black Sharpie.  This becomes the sewing pattern.

Next, I take the face of the image and using a lightbox, trace my sketch...

October 20, 2017

What happens when your favorite activity hurts?  I love to stitch.  I love the feeling of threading a needle.  I love shopping for embroidery floss.  I love listening to YouTube or music while stitching.  I feel in my bones that stitching is just "my thing".  

The Universe does not agree.

Over the years, my hands have had aches and pains and I have been forced to take small breaks from creating art.  It is now to the point where I need to take a big, long break.  

I have been diagnosed with a muscle sprain (between the thumb and forefinger) and Carpal Tunnel.  Luckily, when I am not doing art, I work part time as a Marketing Manager for a wellness clinic.  The fabulous therapists at my clinic have been using various thera...

October 3, 2017

It's been an interesting few weeks as far as peacocks are concerned.  

For the past year, I have been heavily immersed as a student of all things spiritual.  I am committed to daily meditation, I study Be Here Now...I chant, I breathe, I listen to Abraham Hicks while doing laundry.  And my life has never felt more amazing.

Then the peacocks started.

I have a peacock that lives in my neighborhood that I heard about but did not see.  I was in the middle of creating a new piece with a bird, and it just wasn't going right.  Then I was walking the dog and finally spotted the peacock, which inspired me to go home and add a bit of "peacock-ness" to the piece.  

But it didn't stop there.

I had visions, dreams and odd experiences of just seeing peacock symbols a...

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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