My intent is to create art about the spirit of the earth. I
believe that as humans we live here on this planet to cherish it, to learn and
to love one another. The beauty that surrounds us, even in the simple things, is
amazing. To capture, and for my viewers to feel, a moment of nature’s essence
and the gift of life is my goal. I am inspired everyday by nature in my
Much of my current work is about water because I have always been drawn to it.
Water, the giver of life, is powerful, peaceful, magical and mystical. There is
another world under the sea. I love its many moods and colors. I love the way it
feels and sounds.
Everything is made of light. It is the messenger of life and knowledge of all
things. I am fascinated by the interaction of light and earth’s elements. Light
passes thru water in a brilliant display of rays. In shallow water it forms
patterns on the sandy floor. Light reflects off the splash of a wave or the
gentle ripple of a quiet pond. It passes thru the dancing leaves of the trees.
The sky is aglow with light and color and fire is pure light itself.
To create this interaction of color and light I paint thickened dye on silk and
silk organza. Resists of various types preserve the white light. The layering of
fabrics, as well as the many layers of color creates a feeling of depth. Working
with my hands and enjoying the process is as important to me as the piece
itself. And then when a piece is complete I love to sit back and see what
mysteries it holds.
Karen Turckes is a full time fiber artist and teacher. She
has worked with textiles all of her life and is a graduate of the Clothing and
Textiles program at Michigan State University as well as the Art Cloth Mastery
Program in San Antonio, Texas. She dyes her own cloth and adds layers of depth
to the fabric using paint, soy wax, fabric manipulations and other surface
design techniques. Turckes is the owner of Windberry Studio, a private studio in
Michigan where she makes and sells hand dyed fabrics and art cloth. Her art work
has been exhibited nationally.
Her love of the art has led to teaching dyeing and surface design classes. For
quilters she teaches free motion stitching, appliqué and advanced piecing.
Publications include a Free Motion Quilting pattern book and Design your own Fat
Quarter Landscape pattern.
Twelve Voices from One, Work from the graduates of the Art Cloth Mastery Program
2010. Radius Gallery. San Antonio, TX Power Center Show. Ann Arbor Fiber Arts
guild. Ann Arbor, MI
2011: Hand Dyeing Fabric. Quilting Unlimited. Ann Arbor, MI.
2011: Hand Dyeing Fabric. Windberry Studio. Milford, MI.
2005-Current: Free Motion Quilting. Sandy’s Make It Sew. Livonia, MI and Monarch
Quilts. Brighton, MI. and Quilting Unlimited. Ann Arbor, MI.
Art Cloth Mastery Program. Art Cloth Studios. Jane Dunnewold. San Antonio, TX.
Color Mixing for Dyers. Carol Soderlund. Quilting by the Lake Two. Syracuse, NY.
Water Based Resists: Jane Dunnewold. Pro-Chemical, Fall River, MA.
Trained Sewing Educator, Certification. Home Sewing Association, Washington DC.
Dyeing To Discharge: Carol Soderlund. Nancy Crow Barn. Baltimore, Ohio.
Retailing of Clothing and Textiles BS. Michigan State University. East Lansing,
Ann Arbor Fiber Arts Guild
Greater Ann Arbor Quilting Guild
Surface Design Association
Professional Experience, Publications, Awards
Design Your Own - Fat Quarter Landscape. Published by Windberry Studio Press.
Artist Uses Various Techniques to Dye Cloth by Jocelynn Brown. The Detroit News.
Judges Choice Award. First United Methodist Church Quilt Show. Dearborn, MI.
Owner of Windberry Studio. Specializing in Hand Dyed Fabrics. Milford, MI.
Free Motion Quilting. Published by Windberry Studio Press.
First Place and Best of Show. Michigan State Fair. Quilted Art Jacket. MI.