Karren K. Brito

I have made things with fiber for most of my life. Women have shown me how.My formal education is in mathematics and chemistry which proved to be quite a distraction for 25 years of my life when I worked at universities in both research and teaching on three different continents. In 1982, I moved to Yellow Springs, Ohio, where I bought a loom and a house. I founded ENTWINEMENTS to market my handwoven clothing. I taught at Mid West and Convergence. Soon my shibori, colorful pleated silk scarves, was the prevalent product. I sold at fine craft shows such as the Smithsonian and to galleries and boutiques. I wrote articles, the ShopTalk column for the Surface Design Newsletter and a book, SHIBORI: creating color and texture on silk. My current focus is on hand weaving and hand spinning.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS AND AWARDS

• US finalist, The Fourth International Textile Design. Contest sponsored by the Fashion Foundation of Tokyo, Japan. The piece was hand woven with hand spun lincoln long wool yarn.1994

• Individual Artist’s Fellowship in Design, Ohio Arts Council. 1997

• Invited Artist,International Shibori Symposium; Santiago, Chile. 1999

• Invited Fashion Show Artist and Presenter, International Shibori Symposium;Harrogate , Yorkshire UK. 2002

• Artwear in Motion, Textile Center of Minnesota, Minneapolis, purchase award. 2005

APPEARING IN THESE BOOKS

Silk, Mary Schoeser, 2007

Fiberarts Design Book 7, S. Mowery Kieffer, ed., 2004.

Memory on Cloth: Shibori Now, Y.I. Wada, 2002.

Fiberarts Book of Wearable Art, Kathrine Duncan Aimone, 2002.

WRITINGS IN THESE BOOKS

SHIBORI: creating color and texture on silk, Watson-Guptill, 2003.

AMARRAS: THE ART OF DYING IN THE ANCIENT ANDES, translation

Fabulous Fabrics, Mary Jo Hiney, Sterling 2000.

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

• Surface Design Association

• American Craft Council

• American Association of Textile Chemist and Colorists

• Color Marketing Group

• Weavers Guilds

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