Finding What's Meaningful Through Experimentation
Karen Rips creates her own fabric using a variety of surface design techniques. Her current body of work focuses on the interpretation of medical images which she finds compelling since they can tell a story or by abstraction become a series of lines and shapes. She made her first quilt in 1980 and since retiring as a neonatal nurse in 2004, has been a full time artist.
She is a member of Twelve by Twelve: The International Art Quilt Challenge, which has been on tour continuously since 2009 and was the subject of the book of the same name. Currently in an artistic partnership with artist Paula Chung called A View Within, Karen has exhibited at Quilt National in 2011, World of Threads in 2014, and has had numerous solo and juried shows.
Fiber is Karen’s medium of choice because it is tactile, easily manipulated, and allows itself to be altered in many different ways. Tactile elements are important in her work because they give the piece even more reason to get up close and look at the art.
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MPQG Elections - At 7 p.m. and prior to our speaker, we will hold our annual elections. We need a quorum and are counting on each member to help us achieve the necessary numbers.
This August, we join Back Porch Fabrics in Pacific Grove, CA in celebrating their 19th anniversary. Store owner and long-time MPQG member, Gail Abeloe, will create 19 colorful gift collections that will be raffled to raise funds for the guild. Many thanks go to Gail for her wonderful shop, unique selection of fabrics, excellent classes, and generosity to MPQG over the years. Don't forget to bring cash for raffle tickets - look for Carole Olsen who will be selling them.
2015 Challenge Quilt Display - The deadline to complete the quilts is Monday, August 3 for display at the MPQG meeting. They will be shown at the Monterey County Fair September 2-7, 2015. A later exhibit is planned for the 2016 MPQG Quilt Show held in April.
Meetings are generally held on the first Monday of every month at:
Social time begins at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting starts promptly at 7:00 p.m.