Karen Park: Artist Biography
I love color! When I was a young child, my favorite book was “The Color Kittens” (Golden Books Family Storytime) by Margaret Wise Brown. Even before I could read, I had memorized all of the words and would recite them as my parents turned the pages.
I was fascinated that the kittens had buckets of blue, red and yellow paint and, from those three colors they could make all of the colors in the world. In my own quest to make “all of the colors in the world”, I have explored many medium:, drawing, painting, knitting, crocheting, needlework to mention a few. My explorations ultimately led me to the world of beads.
To me, beads are little pieces of color that can be mixed and matched in so many different beautiful combinations. As I started to collect beads and make jewelry I sometimes found that the beads I envisioned for a particular piece were not available. As I searched for a way to make my own beads I discovered polymer clay. Not only could I make my beads, but I could mix the polymer clay to make my own colors! Like my beloved Color Kittens I had finally found a way to make all of the colors in the world.
My jewelry pieces are often inspired by colors, textures, and patterns found in nature. My Goddess jewelry is inspired by ancient artifacts that have been unearthed in Europe and the Middle East. As I create a piece inspired by these artifacts, I feel the connection to our ancient Earth ancestors. I have recently started to combine my love of fiber and beads in my amulet bags.
I also love working with clients to create custom designs to fit their life-styles or to give as gifts. Please contact me with your ideas!
I participate in one art show every year. It takes place at the Middlesex Community College Arts & Crafts Show on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Perfect for holiday shopping. Look for show details to be posted in late summer or early fall. I would love for you to stop by to meet me and view my jewelry in person.
Thanks for taking the time to visit my website. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or ideas you might have about my jewelry.