Karen A. Hawkins is a mixed media figurative artist. Karen lives just outside of Asheville, NC. Many of her childhood memories are of making dolls out of scraps of fabric and pieces of clay. Karen is a member of The Southern Highland Crafts Guild, the second oldest craft guild in the United States. She is also a member of the Professional Doll Makers Guild. Karen holds a BA Degree in Fine Arts from University of North Carolina-Asheville and a Masters Degree in Fine Arts from Appalachian State University.
Creating for me is a passion, a puzzle and a dilemma to be worked through and loved at the same time. Creating is a blessing and a joy, a gift from God.
I believe art dolls have a very unique way of capturing and engaging individuals in a deep and personal way. They evoke memories and feelings, perhaps once forgotten. I strive to reflect in my characters the joy of life and the blessings that come from laughter.
These one-of-a-kind figures feature special techniques and skills used by the artist: modeling,sculpting, papier mache', needle felting, hand beading, silk painting, weaving, basketry, garment sewing and fabric design.
Karen creates figures that are both free standing and pose-able, while she also creates figures that are posed and mounted onbases.
Karen designs custom fit patterns to help in the characterization for each figure. All accessories, props, clothing, speciality fabrics and bases are hand-made by the artist.