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Karen Beason

Alaska artist, Karen Beason, specializes in creating original works in fiber, inspired by the marine life and flora of her native Southeast Alaska.

She was born in Ketchikan, raised in Juneau, and resides in Juneau, surrounded by natural beauty and inspiration. Karen spends most of her free time in the great outdoors - combing the many beaches, hiking in the rain forest, or fishing in the pristine waters. Karen's handmade papers are made from local plants, natural fibers, and recycled paper products. She gathers and prepares the plant fibers in the summer months and freezes them for later use.

Intensely colored paper pulp is made by hand dying natural fibers, such as cotton, with pigment. These papers are then combined with Gyotaku and other printmaking techniques in mixed media pieces, or fashioned into 3 dimensional designs.

Local fish and shellfish are cast, printed, and then integrated into designs that mimic the subject's natural world. When Karen is not busy gathering, preparing, or creating, she is busy teaching and sharing the joy of paper making with others, especially children.