Karen Miller - Artist
Karen works exclusively with traditional paper stencil in a process known as Katazome, Japanese stencil dying. The stencil its self is made from several layers of thin mulberry fiber paper. Which have been laminated with persimmon juice and smoked, yielding an aromatic brown paper. It is brittle and easy to cut when dry, but leathery and tough when wet. A layer of silk mesh lacquered on the top surface protects even the fabric. Then the fabric is either dipped into the indigo vat, or stretched like a hammock and dye painted. The pattern emerges when the resist is soaked off.