Monday, December 17, 2007
Friday, November 09, 2007
Thursday, October 04, 2007
Thursday, August 09, 2007
Here's my version on Mr. Shatner for the Shatner show which is up for the remainder of August at Uppercase Gallery. I wanted to capture his Captain Kirk 'seduction' look, which is what I remember the most about watching old Star Trek reruns. I received some good news that my painting sold...
Posted by Karen Klassen at 5:21 PM
Thursday, July 05, 2007
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Friday, June 08, 2007
Friday, May 25, 2007
So, I've been working hard on creating a line of home accessories - it's called Cabin Fever.
"A line of artful home accessories that begins with 100% cotton sateen and adds vintage trims and screenprinted illustrations. Each piece is unique."
For a long time now I've been trying to figure out a way to marry my illustration work with textiles (because I've been sewing forever and I love it). A couple weeks ago I was part of a sale with 10 other artists, and that was the official launch of my Cabin Fever line. As a result of that sale, I now have some stores interested in my work, and my stuff will also be in Fashion Magazine in the summer. How great is that!
I'll be selling my stuff on my etsy site very soon - stay tuned!
Here are a few of the items that I have so far - aprons, potholders, pillowcases, boudoir pillow, tea towels, and prints of some of my illustration pieces. The one photo is my sale setup at the hall, with my sweet dad sitting behind the table. My parents drove down to help that weekend, they are so amazing :)
Posted by Karen Klassen at 9:04 AM
Friday, April 27, 2007
Friday, April 20, 2007
I'm participating in a show and sale with The New Craft Collective on May 11, 4-10 pm (no minors) and May 12, 10-5pm at the Carpenter's Union Hall, 310-10th St NW Calgary. I'll be selling prints of some of my work, as well as my new line of home accessories. (images of home line to come....)
Posted by Karen Klassen at 1:43 PM
I have a piece in the upcoming "Shatner Show" at Uppercase gallery, here's where you can read the Captain's Blog: http://uppercase.squarespace.com/captains-blog/
I'll keep you posted as to a show opening date...There's a book that goes along with the show, here's the cover
Posted by Karen Klassen at 1:36 PM
I recently found out I won some awards, which is always nice news to receive...At the top: a book cover I illustrated and designed - Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design. Middle 7 images won awards for this year's Applied Arts Illustration Annual, and bottom image won best illustration in the Alberta Magazines Showcase Awards. Thank you, greatly appreciated.
Posted by Karen Klassen at 1:32 PM
Monday, April 02, 2007
I've recently completed some illustrations for a local wine store, the artwork is printed on adhesive vinyl that sticks to the inside of the shop windows. There are six windows that will be covered in the illustrations, giving it a mural effect.
I'll post a photo of the shop after the vinyl has been installed.
Posted by Karen Klassen at 2:27 PM
Friday, March 09, 2007
Friday, February 23, 2007
Friday, February 09, 2007
So, awhile ago I posted "Slowly Getting There", describing a triptych project that I was working on for a private commission. This week I completed them. Here is a bit of the process for these pieces...
First, a photo of the final pieces. I've been referring to them as the Evil Trio - in a loving way :)
I started with masonite panels glued to a wood frame. I glued patterned paper down, then screenprinted a pattern that I created on top of the patterned paper. Yes, I like pattern. I learned to screenprint for this project, mostly self taught and through ALOT of trial and error, and it's now opened up a whole new universe to explore - very exciting! More of that later...
Anyhoo, then I drew the dolls on the board and painted them with acrylics and finished with oils. The brown photo with the lacy veil is a test print for the middle doll's veil.
I made their clothing using new and vintage fabrics and trims (some antique lace that my mother-in-law gave me came in handy) and I dyed them with tea to 'age' their color a bit. I then sewed the little dresses and glued them onto the board.
Posted by Karen Klassen at 12:00 PM