Karen Adams Hawkins / Klay Hawk Doll StudioI have lived nearly all my life in the beautiful mountains surrounding Asheville North Carolina. I was influenced as a...
I grew up sleeping under quilts made by my grandmother and filled with cotton grown by my grandfather.
I learned to quilt using time-honored traditions from women of the Southern Appalachians. Today, my bed quilts and fiber art are influenced by the strong geometric patterns of traditional quilts, but I bend the rules to give a more contemporary expression.
Personal experiences and my Appalachian environment provide inspiration for most of my work.
I have been teaching quilting since 1991. My favorite students are beginners. If they can acquire a good foundation of techniques, they can go anywhere with their personal creativity and artistry.
Exhibits in 2013
"Black and White III", Folk Art Center, Asheville, NC, through Jan 56 2013
"Inspired by...", QuiltFest of New Jersey, Feb. 28 - March 3
"Something Old, Something New", Cabarrus Arts Council, Concord, NC, Jan 14 - March 7, 2013
Appalachian Regional Commission, Washington, DC., May 2012 - May 2013
"Appalachian Women Entreprenuers", Welcome Center, I 26, Jan. 16 - June 30, 2013
"Pieced", Building of Deeds, Asheville, NC, Jan. 16 - June 30, 2013
North Carolina Arboretum, March 1 - April 30, 2013
Pisgan Inn Restaurant, Blue Ridge Parkway, March 30 - October 31, 2103
"Inspired by...", Denver Mancuso Quilt Show, May 2-5, 2013