York Textile Artists
We are a group of textile artists based in York. We work together to support each other in creating textile art but also as a force for change in promoting the value of Textile Arts.
Bridget Bernadette Karn
"I use wool to create pictures inspired by the natural world, in particular the impact light has on our experience of our environment."
Talks, Workshops, Commissions, Exhibitions
Machine and Hand Embroidery Landscapes
"Landscape, the practical structures and also its fictions, are at the root of my work. I explore this through manipulation of surfaces and structure, using hand and machine stitch, inclusions of found textures and colour to create images and evocative histories."
Talks, Workshops, Demonstrations, Commissions, Exhibitions
Printed Scarves, Wool Paintings and Wall Hangings
“I’m passionate about a variety of textile media and love to explore and mix techniques in new ways. I often use recycled materials and find it exciting to give new life and beauty to discarded or unwanted items”
"The inspiration for my work mainly comes from the places I visit. The numerous photographs I take give me a starting point from which my work evolves. I often work on several pieces at a time, as I enjoy an expressive and experimental way of working. While I use a variety of materials and processes in each project, my approach is consistent. I am particularly inspired by rustic textures, the ageing process and anything corroded and tarnished; colour and texture are the key elements in my work."
Workshops, Talks, Commissions
Stitched Textiles and Mixed Media
"I am compulsively creative and work with textiles and any other media I find has potential. Using any technique I can master, I create art to wear, boxes, vessels and wall-mounted art. I exhibit, teach, write and talk about my work and welcome visitors to my studio by arrangement."
Wool Paintings and Sculptures
"I am a fibre artist living and working in York. In my work I use just wool, silks and natural fibres.I enjoy making fine art felt pictures. Using special short fibre wool I can create a varied palette of subtle and vibrant hues to achieve the painterly effect in the felt. Three dimensional felt is another area of my interest reflecting my fascination with shape, texture and colour of natural world."
Wool Sculpture and Painting
"I use a mixture of rare breed wools and other fibres to create sculptures and paintings, crafted with a single felting needle. I use wet felted wool and found fabric as backdrops for the main form, which is usually British wildlife and inspiration usually comes from the inhabitants of the fields and woods around my tiny village studio."
Textured Wall Art, Scarves, Jewelry & Lampshades
"I create highly textured wall art, scarves jewelry using wet felting techniques to bond and sculpt natural materials, sometimes overlaid with hand or machine stitching, plus I design Landscape inspired lampshades, decorated with fabric paint and textured with machine embroidery."