Karen Payton Art      Ventura County, California

December 22, 2019

My entry into embroidery began with an assignment at NIU, where I was a textiles major. I had the honor of taking classes from Renie Breskin Adams

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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